Tencent, Changan Automobile Launch Connected Vehicle Platform Joint Venture

Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. has set up a joint venture with Chinese automobile manufacturer Changan Automobile Co., Ltd. to co-develop autonomous driving technologies and connected vehicle platforms. It marks Tencent’s latest move in the automotive sector to rival Alibaba and Baidu. Last November, Tencent partnered with five automakers including Changan, GAC Group, Geely, … More Tencent, Changan Automobile Launch Connected Vehicle Platform Joint Venture

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

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

How Alibaba’s ‘new retail’ is changing the future of retail in China and the world

At Alibaba’s 2016 Computing Conference, Jack Ma focused his speech on five areas that are being transformed by technology. The list included new finance, new manufacturing, new technology and new energy with new retail at the center. Alibaba wants to use data and technology to transform retail, including offline retail, which accounts for 82% of … More How Alibaba’s ‘new retail’ is changing the future of retail in China and the world

Alibaba Cloud launches Malaysia City Brain

The cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, Alibaba Cloud, today announced the launch of its Malaysia City Brain initiative, the first of its kind to be adopted overseas. This will be done in a joint effort with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the country’s digital economy development agency, and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), … More Alibaba Cloud launches Malaysia City Brain

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

Didi’s Inter-City Hitch buckles up for an expected 33 million trips over Spring Festival

Didi Chuxing, China’s ride-sharing giant, expects its Inter-City Hitch service to complete over 33 million passenger trips during the approaching Spring Festival—three times higher than the passenger load from the last two years combined. The annual travel rush around Spring Festival, Chunyun(春运), puts the country ‘s transport system to the ultimate test. This year, an … More Didi’s Inter-City Hitch buckles up for an expected 33 million trips over Spring Festival

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