In China, face recognition is transforming many aspects of daily life. Employees at e-commerce giant Alibaba in Shenzhen can show their faces to enter their office building instead of swiping ID cards. A train station in western Beijing matches passengers' tickets to their government-issued IDs by scanning their faces. If their face matches their ID card photo, the system deems their tickets valid and the station gate will open. The subway system in Hangzhou, a city about 125 miles southwest of Shanghai, employs surveillance cameras capable of recognizing faces to spot suspected criminals.
Robert Bosch Venture Capital has announced investment in AutoAI. The company is the developer and operator of intelligent connected vehicle service (CVS) for the new generation of autonomous vehicles. It is established as a separately run subsidiary of Navinfo and is involved in technological development, product development and service operations of intelligent navigation, CVS content, intelligent OS and solutions, CVS big data and operations. Based on the core mission of "Making Auto Intelligence Easier", the company has set up bases for front-end R&D and operations with a total of nearly 1,000 employees in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Dalian and Shenyang. AUTOAI works jointly with automobile manufacturers, industry customers and ecosystem partners in the development of the next generation of autonomous driving, bring further cutting-edge technologies, leading products, ultimate experience and compassionate service to more partners, and aim to become an innovator and leader in the intelligent CVS industry.
Their company, located in a city near their parents' village in Henan province, provides an essential early service in the AI process, labeling images and videos to help make computers smarter. Before a self-driving car can learn to avoid hitting people or trees, it must learn what people and trees look like -- by digesting thousands of images labeled by thousands of humans. Demand for labeling is exploding in China as large tech companies, banks and others attempt to use AI to improve their products and services. Many of these companies are clustered in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, but the lower-tech labeling business is spreading some of the new-tech money out to smaller towns, providing jobs beyond agriculture and manufacturing. The science is mired in controversy in China, where the ruling Communist Party is using AI to help it identify and track people in mass-surveillance programs, most prominently in the largely Muslim province of Xinjiang, according to Human Rights Watch.
Baidu has started mass-producing its Level 4 autonomous mini-buses with the intention of deploying them not just in China, but also in other countries. The Chinese tech giant has teamed up with Softbank subsidiary SB Drive to launch a self-driving mini-bus service in Japan next year. They're bringing 10 "Apolong" buses to Tokyo and other Japanese cities in early 2019 after the vehicles make their debut in select Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shenzhen, Pingtan and Wuhan. The 14-seater buses will initially pick up passengers in tourist areas, parks, industrial campuses, airports and other geo-fenced locations. Baidu has also announced during its annual AI developer conference that it has already manufactured 100 Apolong vehicles with help from Chinese bus manufacturer King Long.
HONG KONG--Chinese search-engine giant Baidu Inc. Senior Vice President Wang Jing said Friday that the company plans to mass produce a driverless car in five years--so that babies born today won't need a driver's license. Baidu, which is China's largest search-company with 80% market share, is already testing its model on public roads in Beijing and in Wuhu, in China's southeastern Anhui province, and in a closed testing area in Shanghai. Speaking at The Wall Street Journal's Converge technology conference, Mr. Wang said...