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Drone ship carrying even more drones launches in China

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Chinese academics have christened an ocean research vessel that has a twist: it will sail the seas with a complement of aerial and ocean-going drones and no human crew. The Zhu Hai Yun, or Zhuhai Cloud, launched in Guangzhou after a year of construction. The 290-foot-long mothership can hit a top speed of 18 knots (about 20 miles per hour) and will carry 50 flying, surface, and submersible drones that launch and self-recover autonomously. According to this blurb from the shipbuilder behind its construction, the Cloud will also be equipped with a variety of additional observational instruments "which can be deployed in batches in the target sea area, and carry out task-oriented adaptive networking to achieve three-dimensional view of specific targets." Most of the ship is an open deck where flying drones can land and be stored.


Researchers use artificial intelligence to predict road user behavior - Actu IA

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For an autonomous car to drive safely, being able to predict the behavior of other road users is essential. A research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's CSAIL, along with researchers at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (IIIS) at Tsinghua University in Beijing, have developed a new ML system that could one day help driverless cars predict in real time the upcoming movements of nearby drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. They titled their study, " M2I: From Factored Marginal Path Prediction to Interactive Prediction." Qiao Sun, Junru Gu, Hang Zhao are the IIIS members who participated in this study while Xin Huang and Brian Williams represented MIT. Humans are unpredictable, which makes predicting road user behavior in urban environments de facto very difficult.


5 Top Jobs Where Robots Could Replace Humans?

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The thought of becoming capable of replacing a human with a computer and robot is appealing to organisations trying to save money. A robot can labor without salary and benefits you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is often quicker and makes fewer mistakes than a human. Employees can benefit from robots since they can effortlessly perform repetitive, tedious, or risky tasks while people focus on more exciting tasks. Robots have made enormous advancements in their efficiency and capacities in recent years, and they have begun to replace more human occupations. As you know, China is the most rapid country in technology so they mostly use robots instead of human employees.


Top 10 Companies Working in the Development of Humanoid Robots

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Robots have made it easier than ever to accomplish tasks that once we thought only humans are capable of doing. With every passing day, new robots come into existence and change our lives for the better. Of late, humanoid robots have enjoyed immense attention from everywhere across. Not one, not two, but in numerous sectors, they find their applications. Out of the many companies that are working on the development of humanoid robots, we have come up with companies making different types of robots.


China's EV chassis maker PIX raises $11M to build its own smart vehicles – TechCrunch

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The autonomous driving industry in China has enjoyed a boom over the past two years, with both institutional and corporate investors pouring money into a driverless future. Companies thriving in the downstream, those offering robotaxi services, operating robo buses, or dispatching delivery bots, have been particularly popular with investors, raising hundreds of millions of dollars and reaching massive valuations. The prospects of becoming cash-rich and a household name have lured some of their upstream suppliers to start building end solutions as well. One of these ambitious self-driving hardware suppliers is PIX Moving, a Chinese company specializing in automotive skateboards -- a type of chassis that houses the batteries, drive units and other key components, and can be adapted to various kinds of self-driving scenarios because of its modular architecture -- similar to what Canoo does. Founded by former architect Chuan Yu in 2014, PIX recently secured 72 million yuan ($11 million) from a Series pre-A round, lifting its capital raised to $20 million, it told TechCrunch.


Recruiting Manager - Autonomous Driving

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We are currently looking for an experienced Recruiting Manager to join our Mountain View office. We are looking for a team player with strong ownership of the entire recruiting process and to take charge in scaling our Didi autonomous driving teams. Didi Chuxing ("DiDi") is the world's leading mobile transportation platform. We're committed to working with communities and partners to solve the world's transportation, environmental, and employment challenges by using big data-driven deep-learning algorithms that optimize resource allocation. Didi Chuxing's Autonomous-Driving team was established in 2016, and has grown to a comprehensive research and development organization covering HD mapping, perception, behavior prediction, planning and control, infrastructure and simulation, labeling, hardware, mechanical, problem diagnosis, vehicle modifications, connected car, and security, among others.


Volkswagen in talks to buy Huawei's autonomous driving unit: report – TechCrunch

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The autonomous driving space might be seeing the marriage of two titans. Volkswagen is in talks with Huawei to acquire the latter's nascent autonomous driving unit for billions of euros, Germany's Manager Magazin reported on Thursday. Huawei said it has no immediate comment when contacted by TechCrunch. VW China said it has no comment. The potential merger will be a powerful one.


Chinese tech startups developing autonomous driving solutions

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China has become the largest Tesla market in the world as the carmaker's shipments to China in 2021 reached 40% of its total worldwide shipments, higher than shipments to the US. Amidst this EV frenzy, technology enterprises and carmakers are hot on developing self-driving technologies, notably Chinese ones. In addition to Baidu's smart cockpit and other solutions, the chip is expected to help Jidu beat competitors in terms of AI performance. Some local semiconductor startups are also competing in this race. Horizon Robotics, once backed by Intel Capital, is collaborating with Holomatic to use Journey 3 and 5 chips and visual perception algorithms in an all-speed integrated self-driving software/hardware solution with a service-oriented architecture (SOA).


China's BYD, Momenta enter venture for autonomous driving technology

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BEIJING, Dec 27 (Reuters) - China's BYD (002594.SZ) and autonomous driving startup Momenta have established a 100 million yuan ($15.7 million) joint venture to deploy autonomous driving capabilities across certain BYD car model lines, according to a Momenta statement and a person familiar with the matter. The new venture, called DiPi Intelligent Mobility Co and located in Shenzhen, combines BYD's capabilities as an automaker with Momenta's experience in intelligent driving, said the statement on Monday. BYD has invested 60 million yuan in the venture while Beijing-based Momenta is investing 40 million yuan, the person said. The person said the initial scope of work will include deploying "Level 2 plus" autonomous driving capability across some vehicle model lines. Level 2 semi-autonomous cars have technology that can take care of nearly all aspects of driving, from steering to acceleration and braking, but the driver needs to be ready to intervene if needed.


China unveils five-year plan for robotics

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China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, in collaboration with 14 other government departments, revealed how it will continue to grow the country's robotics industry in its 14th five-year plan. China's five-year plans are a series of social and economic development initiatives that have been issued by the Chinese government since 1953. The document lays out several smaller goals for the Chinese robotics industry before 2025, but the overarching goal is to make China a key source of global robotics innovation. The government also expects the average annual growth rate of operating income in the robotics industry to exceed 20%. A study by the Center for Security and Emerging Technology published in November 2021 found that China is the global leader in the total number of robotics patents issued.