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The ‘Chinese SpaceX’ Will Test Space Balloon Flights With Animals This Year

Kuang-Chi Science Limited, a Shenzhen-based tech company, has drawn comparisons in Chinese media to Elon Musk’s SpaceX for its ambitious projects, ranging from exoskeleton power suits to spacecraft. While the company, founded in 2010, has yet to hold a flame to the achievements of SpaceX, they are attacking innovation with the hold-your-breath-optimisim that has become typical of China’s new […]

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This Is What China’s First Operational Drone Deliveries Look Like

Chinese e-commerce company JD.com has revealed the country’s first operational pilot program for drone deliveries, as tech firms compete to reach the country’s untapped rural consumers. A JD spokesperson confirmed with Technode that the company is using at least two types of UAVs to deliver packages between designated distribution centers in rural areas outside of Suqian in northeast China. The […]

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Baidu Announces New Autonomous Car Team In Silicon Valley

Chinese search engine Baidu Inc. announced on Friday the formation of a team in Silicon Valley focused on R&D for autonomous cars. The team will be part of Baidu’s newly-created Autonomous Driving Unit (ADU). With the announcement, Silicon Valley becomes Baidu’s home turf for both their self-driving car team and Baidu Research’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL). Baidu has […]

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China’s Internet Giants Back A Smartphone On Four Wheels

Baidu earned a neat three percent bump in stock prices on Thursday after they recorder higher-than-expected revenues. One project that they’ll be spending the cash on is their driverless car unit, a research and development effort spanning between the U.S. and China. “We believe that the automobile is the next major computing platform,” said CEO Robin Li during […]

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Four Chinese Drones You Can’t Miss In 2016

The global commercial drone market is taking off as improvements in technology transform drones from a specialty device into an affordable consumer product. A huge market for consumer drones is blossoming and already, and China is making its mark. Data from state media outlet Xinhua shows that drone exports from China’s hardware hub Shenzhen amounted to $2.7 […]

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We’re Shortening Development By Two Years: LeAutoLink CTO On LeEco, Aston Martin Super Car [Q&A]

Speculation over the LeEco-backed Aston Martin electric super car has been building since the two companies announced in January their intention to release the vehicle by 2018. While the US has led the development of connected, autonomous and electric vehicles, China is playing a hasty catchup game, backed by the country’s cashed-up tech giants. According to Rao […]

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The Chinese Government Wants A 100 Billion RMB AI Market By 2018

China’s artificial intelligence industry received a huge boost of validation from the government on Wednesday, which announced its plans to create a “100 billion level” ($15 billion USD) artificial intelligence market by 2018. According to state-owned media Xinhua News Agency, the government plans to roll out projects in smart home applications, smart cars, unmanned systems, wearables, […]

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Baidu Invests $3 Million In Israeli Startup Pixellot

Baidu has backed its first Israeli startup, investing US$3 million in video technology company Pixellot, according to a report by Reuters. The Tel Aviv-based video technology company will use the money to develop its unmanned cameras and technology for large outdoor events. The move reflects a sharp rise in Chinese companies investing in Israel over the […]