A bicyle that uses AI and lidar sensors to help riders avoid crashes and ride more carefully is under development at Huawei, the GBA tech giant headquartered in Shenzhen. But it wasn’t a product that came out of the company’s regular R&D department. According to local media, the bike, which will cost around 10,000 yuan when launched, was designed by a recent university graduate who came up through Huawei’s youth-development program.
Referred to by local media as “Huawei’s boy wonder”, Jun Zhihui graduated from the University of Electronic Science and Technology, in Chengdu, Sichuan, in 2018. After a few years kicking around, which included a stint at smartphone maker Oppo, based in Dongguan, Jun joined Huawei’s “Talented Youth Project” last year and had been engaged as an AI systems architect.
The bike apparently allows for full self-riding, which is hard to imagine, because of the obvious ease of falling off a two-wheeler when its onboard computer decides to change direction. But in its description, the bike is more realistically useful for collision avoidance and route planning. It might also help to have an “auto-follow” function that allows for the bike to come to its owner, rather like Tesla’s “summons” feature.
Shenzhen has the highest potential for developing an AI industry in the GBA, followed by Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan and Huizhou, according to Guangdong’s leading media group.
Shenzhen’s AI industry ranks third nationally, behind Beijing and Shanghai, in terms of current capability and future development potential of AI, according to the report, published by Nanfang Daily in early December.
Guangzhou Customs has decided that its trial “robo-inspections” have worked so well in Nansha that it will roll them out citywide this month.
Cargo checking conducted by AI-guided robotics technology has proved remarkably efficient, according to local media. With an AI algorithm and augmented reality video feeds, successful cargo inspections at the second phase of Nansha Port have been boosted from 300 containers to 500 containers on a daily basis, according to southcn.com.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has named Hefei, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Tianjin as the country’s four cities to build national pilot zones for “next-generation artificial intelligence”.
Forgive us, but the announcement is full of the usual government jargon that makes little sense to an international audience but bears repeating here: Hefei is required to take full advantages of its talent and technology and strengthen the supply of artificial intelligence innovation; Hangzhou is required to strengthen the clustering effect of high-end resources and improve the level of artificial intelligence innovation and development; Tianjin is required to integrate artificial intelligence innovation resources and strengthen it’s intelligent technology industrial cluster;Shenzhen, is required to build an artificial intelligence innovation highland with international competitiveness.
One-upmanship between Guangzhou and Shenzhen over AI-driven subway technology is continuing to provide reporters with fun material. Last week, Guangzhou opened two “Smart Stations” on its Metro, powered by AI algorithms. This week it is Shenzhen’s turn to promote the rollout of automated customer service kiosks and announce the entire Metro Line 11 now has “brush-face” gates.
The new customer service kiosks allow riders to register their faces for purchasing tickets, topping up their Metro cards, and other services. Initially, only those who get to ride the line for free can use them to register for “face-brushing”, but they will be upgraded soon for paid ticketing. In the meantime, everyone can use the kiosks for performing a variety of other transactions.
Guangzhou media are buzzing today with the opening of the provincial capital’s first “smart station” demonstration, delivered by tech giant Tencent.
The demo was set up at two stations – Tianhe Smart City Station and Guangzhou Tower. Features on display included “brush-face” scanners, customer service robots, auto-adjusted lighting. “More importantly, however,” the local media pointed out, station managers can manage everything going on in the station, including scheduling, without much direct involvement, i.e. letting the algorithms do the work.
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Shenzhen is witnessing a new growth spurt in its robotics industry. According to a report by the city government, robotics enterprises registered in Shenzhen last year jumped 55% to 649, while their output rose 13.81% to RMB117.8 billion.
The report encompassed robots manufactured for industrial use, service and other related AI fields. The majority of the output value last year came from industrial robots – RMB80.3 billion, up 6.25% – yet service robots saw the biggest jump, up 21.79% to RMB 34 billion. Driving this growth has been investment in artificial intelligence applications in the industry.
Hongkong-based AI firm SenseTime Group Ltd., one of the world’s most valuable unicorns, has formed a strategic alliance with Abu Dhabi to set up an EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Artificial Intelligence R&D hub, according to a company statement.
SenseTime is the world’s fastest growing pure-play AI company with a valuation of over US$4.5 billion. The company offers customers AI as a “value creation” tool in sectors ranging from autonomous driving to medical image analysis and remote sensing.