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Huawei goes into unmanned driving with BYD’s monorail

Chinese IT equipment and smartphone manufacturer Huawei announced that it will join hands with local automaker BYD to produce the world’s first eLTE unmanned driving system for BYD’s monorail, local media has reported. BYD’s monorail, known as SkyRail, went into operation in September 2017 in the city of Yinchuan and has already made an international […]

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Suning’s big data-driven unmanned store opens in Shanghai

Chinese electronics retailer Suning opened its second unmanned store equipping full face recognition payment system in Shanghai on November 6th, Chinese media The Paper is reporting. Unmanned stores are spreading all over China, and Shanghai is becoming an important base to test the market with Shanghai’s affluent and trendy consumers. In Shanghai, unmanned convenience store BingoBox […]

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Unmanned AI police station to open in Wuhan

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Radii, a new media platform covering culture, innovation, and life in today’s China. Today in creepy future news: as if visiting police stations in China wasn’t already intense enough, one such station in Wuhan is planning to create the world’s first AI-enhanced cop shop. Financial paper Caijing Neican […]

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Unmanned noodle shops in Shanghai shut down for most traditional of reasons

Unmanned noodle shops in central Shanghai were shut down soon after going into operation due to the most old-fashioned reason: bureaucracy. They had an operating license, but the wrong sort. The Lu Dou Jiqiren Yidong Mianguan branded shops (卤豆移动面馆 or “Stewed Bean Robot Mobile Noodle Shop”), effectively noodle vending machines installed on streets and in shopping […]

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Updated: Unmanned stores could see first big failure as Bianlifeng rumored to be pulling smart shelves from 38 Chinese cities

Bianlifeng (便利蜂), the operator of Chinese staff-less stores and smart vending machines, released a notice to its employees yesterday announcing that they will start pulling out vending machines from 38 cities in China an unnamed employee told Pingtu360. Except for the eight selected cities that they are currently testing the unmanned shelves in and the three […]

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BingoBox unveils new AI tech for its unmanned stores

BingoBox, China’s unmanned store startup, unveiled today its new AI solution called “Fan AI”, a smart goods shelving and new check-out payment method powered by image recognition, facial recognition, and machine learning. BingoBox is a 24-hour self-service convenience store. With a simple smartphone scan, customers are able to enter the store, pick the goods, and […]