IEKView：Taiwan Will Grasp the Business Opportunities of Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles will be headline news over and over again throughout this year. Mergers and acquisitions at sky-high prices, alliances with huge investment and soaring stock prices will be more dazzling than ever. Although the perfect autonomous vehicles won’t be launched until around 2025, the not-so-perfect “quasi-autonomous vehicles” are able to create huge business opportunities in the meantime. At present, the biggest beneficiaries are Tesla and its supply chain.
Tesla, the global autonomous electric vehicle leader, announced on March 27 that Tencent (China) had acquired 5% of Tesla’s equity shares for nearly US$1.8 billion in investment. With this huge investment, Tesla expects to accelerate the launch of its affordable Model 3, which will enable Tesla to improve the functionality of its autonomous vehicles faster.