CEATEC 2019 features driverless shuttle bus and avatar tech among exhibits

The Japan Times

CHIBA – A compact driverless bus on Tuesday slowly shuttled a dozen passengers on public roads near the Makuhari Messe convention center in the city of Chiba to give them a sense of the steering wheel- and pedal-free future of transport. One of the passengers, Noriyuki Sakayanagi, was amazed at the distance the bus traveled without a human driver. "It wasn't scary" to ride the bus on a public road, said Sakayanagi, who was attending the first day of CEATEC 2019, one of Japan's biggest international digital trade shows that this year marks its 20th anniversary. Sakayanagi, a 39-year-old company worker, added, "I thought more improvement in detecting traffic lights may be needed and the brakes were not so smooth." CEATEC organizers said this year's four-day event has brought together 787 exhibitors from a broad spectrum of sectors -- not only information technology and electronics but also finance, housing, travel and health care -- with a vision toward a supersmart society designed to further economic growth and solve social problems.

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A KPMG report has said that 5G technology has the potential to add 0.35-0.5 per cent to India's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025. The report further said that India Inc has the potential to unlock $48.69 billion (Rs 3,408 billion) in four years through the deployment of 5G. The government has set a target of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25. In 2018-19, the Indian economy stood at $2.72 trillion. "We estimate that the 5G contribution to annual GDP will likely be in the range of 0.35-0.5 per cent by 2025. The absolute value unlocked is expected to be highest in the retail sector, followed by finance and then the technology sector," said the report released at the India Mobile Congress 2019.

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SAP to Sell Startup's AI Software for Privacy Compliance


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Jio rolls out AI based video call assistant at IMC


Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) debuted its patent-filed innovation – an artificial intelligence (AI) based video call assistant (bot) that can be accessed via a 4G phone call, without the need for installing any other application. Aimed at improving customer, the bot will solve the problems of endless call-hold music or seemingly never ending IVR waittimes can become things of the past. The bot was rolled out in India Mobile Congress on Monday . This video assistant facility was developed by Jio along with US based Radisys, a Reliance Industries subsidiary . The company said that this video call bot can be adapted by brands to give it a unique avatar.

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