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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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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 […]

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Beijing sets up its first self-driving zone

Driving in Beijing can be a stressful experience both for drivers and pedestrians and now, AI will also get to endure its notorious traffic jams. Beijing’s first self-driving pilot zone will be set up in Yizhuang, a southeast suburb that hosts the Beijing Economic and Technical Development Area (BDA). The news was announced today by […]

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Founder of autonomous car startup JingChi steps down amid Baidu suit

Wang Jing, founder and CEO of JingChi, has left his position in the company. JingChi defines itself as a mobility company powered by artificial intelligence. The company is currently being sued by Baidu for RMB 50 million over claims of autonomous driving trade secret theft. Baidu claims that Wang is using Baidu’s self-driving commercial secrets to compete against […]

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Alibaba’s logistics arm shows off self-developed driver-less van

Alibaba’s logistics unit Cainiao is speeding up the development of driverless delivery vehicles. On April 19, the company released photos from the road test of its self-developed driverless van. According to local media reports (in Chinese), the company said autonomous driving in logistics has matured, and they plan to start putting their commercial mass-produce driverless delivery […]