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 leap to the Philippines. The company, which…

14: Policies that most impacted Chinese internet and the rise of unmanned stores

This week we talk about most impactful internet policies of 2017 and the growing unmanned verticalLinksRita Liao: The 4 policies that most affected China's internet in 2017 Emma Lee: Top 10 Chinese unmanned stores in 2017Podcast informationiTunes RSS feed Music: "Taking the Day Off" by Lee Rosevere, Hold MusicDownload this episode

Top 10 Chinese unmanned stores in 2017

The announcement of Amazon Go, the cashierless store concept, in late 2016, coincided with a flurry of Chinese tech companies creating their own versions of unmanned stores. For them, 2017 was a fruitful year for developing their solutions tailored to Chinese consumers, as well as in educating the market.What’s more important behind the quick rise is that the market is ready. High smartphone…

Shoplifting isn’t a problem for unmanned stores

Since Amazon envisioned its staff-less store concept last year, shoplifting has been one of the major concerns that people have raised to question the sustainability of this new shopping model. It's natural to speculate that unmanned stores will face more shoplifters due to the absence of shopkeepers, guards, cashiers, or whomever onsite to keep an eye on the behavior of shoppers. But those who…

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 reports (link in Chinese):Police stations…

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 opened this…

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 centers in Shanghai's Xuhui…

China’s unmanned store BingoBox seeks legal identity to open stores

China’s retail industry has seen some innovation this year as BingoBox deploys its unmanned convenience stores in major cities in China. However, two of its stores which were opened in partnership with Auchan and RT-Mart in Shanghai were closed down last month as the cooperation deals ended, local media is reporting.National Business Daily revealed that one of the closed stores was earlier…

JD renews offline effort with new unmanned convenience stores

Unmanned convenience store is one of the hottest buzzwords in China’s tech world since this summer. As a major force in China’s online retailing market, JD is sure not to be left out. Ahead of this year’s Single’s Day, the e-commerce giant has revealed that it is already testing two unmanned smart store models at its Beijing headquarter. One model, JD’s Unmanned Convenience Store, offers a…

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 pass through check-out with…