Novel system warns driver of black ice and slippery conditions

A real-time system that detects slippery conditions and issues warnings and instructions to the driver could help to reduce accidents and personal injuries caused by slippery road conditions. This is precisely what a new Finnish invention does: it detects black ice and alerts drivers. Initially, the system will be installed in heavy traffic vehicles, but … More Novel system warns driver of black ice and slippery conditions

Baidu, Greatwall Tech Team Up to Create AI Platform for Smart Cities

A unit under China’s biggest online search provider Baidu Inc. has partnered up with China Greatwall Technology Group Co. to develop an artificial intelligence service platform for smart cities. Greatwall and Baidu Online Network Technology Beijing Co. penned the three-year agreement to integrate Baidu’s AI, Big Data and Cloud technologies with Greatwall’s software and hardware, … More Baidu, Greatwall Tech Team Up to Create AI Platform for Smart Cities

Baidu Unveils New Division in Smart Device Push

Chinese internet search-engine giant Baidu Inc. announced an organizational shakeup on Tuesday to boost its push to become a major player in artificial intelligence and smart devices. The tech company said it is merging three existing units — the Duer Business Unit, Raven Studio and the Hardware Ecosystem Division — to become the Smart Living … More Baidu Unveils New Division in Smart Device Push

Both Chinese Government And Industry Tout Artificial Intelligence At CPPCC Meeting

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s took to the stage at the annual gathering of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) members and laid out a vision of the Chinese economy based on artificial intelligence. Corporate China also joint in the AI chorus. Li’s two-hour speech, along with the 2018 government work report presented, called for expanded … More Both Chinese Government And Industry Tout Artificial Intelligence At CPPCC Meeting

JD.com’s new accelerator focuses on blockchain startups

JD.com, one of China’s largest e-commerce companies, is launching a new Beijing-based accelerator program for artificial intelligence and blockchain startups. Called AI Catapult, its first batch includes six companies: Bankorus, CanYa, Bluezelle, Nuggets, Republic Protocol and Devery. In an announcement, JD.com said startups will work with its operational teams to “test real-world applications of their … More JD.com’s new accelerator focuses on blockchain startups

Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

After Microsoft signed a deal to test Windows 10 on Xiaomi devices in 2015 and then Xiaomi bought a trove of patents to help run other Microsoft services on its devices in 2016, today the two companies announced another chapter in its collaboration. Xiaomi and Microsoft have signed a Strategic Framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) … More Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

Port of Rotterdam plots IoT rollout, efficiency push with IBM, Cisco, Axians

The Port of Rotterdam is planning a long-term Internet of things rollout that’s designed to move cargo faster, save money and optimize its operations via sensors, an IBM dashboard for traffic management and on-demand 3D metal printing. Europe’s largest port’s digitization strategy is a multi-year effort using IBM’s various technologies and services as well as … More Port of Rotterdam plots IoT rollout, efficiency push with IBM, Cisco, Axians

Didi is using its new AI Brain to crack the toughest puzzle—our cities

Didi is becoming big in big data and, according to latest announcements, their new project is set to change how cities look at mobility. The Chinese ride-hailing giant has just launched the “Didi Smart Transportation Brain,” a solution that brings data from government and other partners to develop a city traffic management powered by AI … More Didi is using its new AI Brain to crack the toughest puzzle—our cities

Toutiao moves into payments with purchase of agency Ulpay

Toutiao has quietly acquired its own online payment license meaning that China’s most popular news aggregation app may go after a chunk of the mobile payment market shared by WeChat Pay and Alipay. The company has bought a 100% stake in Ulpay (合众支付), an online payment agency based in China’s Hubei province, according to 36Kr … More Toutiao moves into payments with purchase of agency Ulpay

Didi pockets $4b to boost AI and Sets its Sights on the Chinese Tourist

Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing platform, is beginning its expansion abroad and into new sectors. Didi has already pushed out foreign competition from Uber in China and now seeks to leverage its dominance in the domestic ride-hailing market to open up opportunities in Taiwan and the fast-growing mobile payments market. The key overlap between these … More Didi pockets $4b to boost AI
and Sets its Sights on the Chinese Tourist