With Beijing and Washington locked in a trade war, many companies focused on emerging tech are in the crosshairs. One company wants to use advanced manufacturing tech to get around restrictions on its core product.
Pix Moving is a Chinese startup designing vehicle parts with AI. It wants to eventually upload these blueprints to U.S.-based servers, Nikkei Asian Review reported. From there, 3D printers and robots would handle the heavy lifting of building the car. It’s a clever way to earn the “Made in USA” label.
Under this setup, no physical parts would be exported—so theoretically no tariffs would get slapped on the tech transfer. But trade wars move fast and break things, so it’s possible that even car blueprints could be restricted or taxed down the road.
Zoom out: The U.S. and China want to limit advanced technologies from changing hands. But tracking and managing flows of data is more difficult than tracking a shipping container.
+ While we’re here: Huawei has floated the idea of giving its 5G tech to a Western company for a one-time fee. Sounds nice, but that fee would be way bigger than your last overdraft charge.