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Posted inOn the Cusp

Meituan Dianping launches autonomous food delivery system

Imagine getting your lunchbox delivered by an autonomous robot straight to your office. In China, it’s already happening. O2O giant Meituan Dianping has launched the Meituan Autonomous Delivery (MAD) Platform featuring driverless delivery vehicles that shuttle meals from restaurants to consumers. The new MAD Platform was officially launched in Beijing, July 25th with Meituan Dianping’s […]

Posted inOn the Cusp

Guangzhou releases autonomous vehicle road test draft proposal

Guangzhou Municipal government today released a Draft Guidance Opinion on Smart Vehicle Road Test (广州市关于智能网联汽车道路测试有关工作的指导意见(征求意见稿)). The government hopes to collect feedback from the public as soon as possible. According to the Draft Guidance Opinion, corporates behind autonomous driving vehicles shall bear safety responsibility. Companies should buy commercial insurance that covers no less than RMB 5 […]

Posted inHeavy Hitters

Baidu and Ford Motor China sign Letter of Intent for strategic cooperation in mobility innovation

Baidu and Ford Motor (China) on June 27 confirmed cooperation intention in frontier mobility fields including AI, connectivity, and digital marketing by signing a formal Letter of Intent (LOI). The cooperation is likely to utilize Ford Motor’s existing industrial advantages, manufacturing assets, and extensive professional networks to support Baidu’s ambition in autonomous driving and related […]

Posted inHeavy Hitters, On the Cusp

Shenzhen gives Tencent license to road test autonomous vehicles

Tencent has obtained a license for road tests of intelligent connected vehicles from Shenzhen municipal government, our sister site has reported (in Chinese). Tencent said that the transportation bureau issued only one license this time. The company will begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads after the government designates the testing area. The Tencent Autonomous […]

Posted inViews

Understanding China’s unmanned (r)evolution: China cares less about user experience than you think

While Amazon Go has been stealing headlines since it was revealed last year, we here at TechNode have been covering China’s increasing commitment to unmanned stores for about just as long. But, how exactly are China’s stores different and why are the technological and business models different from Amazon Go? First is speed: After announcing […]

Posted inHeavy Hitters

JD deepens relationship with China’s military with first unmanned supermarket for PLA’s Academy of Armored Forces

On May 30, JD launched the first unmanned convenience supermarket for PLA’s Academy of Armored Forces (陆军装甲并学院). JD and land forces’ logistics unit (陆军后勤部) jointly contribute to the technical support of the supermarket. The business itself will be run by the Academy. This is not JD’s first move in China’s “military and civil integration (军民融合)” […]

Posted inNews

Live blog: Highlights from CES Asia

CES Asia, one of the world’s largest trade shows, kicked off in Shanghai on June 13. Over 500 companies from around the world are taking part in the three-day show, generating buzzes in artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, electric vehicles, and more. TechNode team is going to be live blogging from the event to bring the […]

Posted inOn the Cusp, Up and Comers

Pony.ai Q&A: Having a China background will be key to autonomous driving success

2050 aims to equip young people to take action and to become volunteers. Ahead of the event in May, we are taking a look at some the companies and people who are taking part in the massive unconference. 2050 is a volunteer-only, not-for-profit unconference. TechNode is organizing the Explore Expo, an exhibition area for young tech startups looking […]

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