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Posted inHeavy Hitters

Baidu’s autonomous driving technology finds new application in urban cleaning

Joining hands with Chinese tech giant Baidu, Beijing Environmental Equipment Company, a subsidiary of Beijing Environmental Hygiene Group, launched seven autonomous driving vehicles for urban environment cleaning, local media is reporting. Based on Baidu’s open-source autonomous driving platform Apollo, the seven autonomous driving vehicles launched on September 28 are designed to fulfill various tasks in urban city […]

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Baidu unveils Apollo 2.0 at CES 2018: More mapping, more test drives, and Udacity partnership

Baidu just announced the second version of its Apollo open-source autonomous driving platform at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) today in Las Vegas. The Apollo program was launched as an open-source platform for other automakers to develop their self-driving systems and help accelerate the development self-driving technologies. Baidu released the second version of Apollo soon after […]

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The siege of Douyin

Blocks, viral videos, accusations, and lawsuits: controversies surrounding short video sites in China continue to mount. The protagonists? Toutiao’s Douyin and Tencent’s WeChat. A post dated May 22 on Douyin’s public WeChat account, “Sorry, Douyin fans”, accused Tencent of discrimination by taking down a lot of individual “healthy” video posts, while simultaneously accusing the company […]

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Baidu’s VP Wang Haifeng now leads Baidu Research Institute to further develop its AI application for commercial use

Baidu’s vice president, as well as head of Baidu’s AI department Wang Haifeng, will serve as director of Baidu Research Institute (in Chinese). With Wang’s increased dominance in Baidu’s AI arm, Baidu’s Artificial Intelligence Group (AIG) will strengthen R&D on the AI application technology for commercial use, including autonomous driving and airport services. In March this […]

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Ex-Baidu Founder Shakes Hands With Tencent In $85M USD Renrenche Funding Boost

Used-car sales platform Renrenche has scooped $85 million USD in Series C funding from Tencent. The company, which was founded by a series of ex-Baidu employees, now has a valuation of $ 500 Million USD.  Founded in April 2014, the company received $5 million USD series A funding from Redpoint Ventures and launched its services in July in Beijing, Guangzhou and […]

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