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Didi Labs opens its doors in the US

Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing company, has officially launched Didi Labs in Mountain View, California, which will be focused on artificial intelligence-based security and intelligent driving technologies.

The lab will be led by Gong Fengmin, vice-president of Didi research institute. Dozens of leading data scientists and researchers have joined the team, including Charlie Miller, a key member of rival firm Uber Technologies Inc's self-driving team, according to Didi.

Didi said its current projects cover cloud-based security, deep learning, human-machine interaction, computer vision and imaging, as well as intelligent driving technologies.

"Building on rich data and fast-evolving AI analytics, we will be working with cities and towns to build intelligent transportation ecosystems for the future," said Didi CEO Cheng Wei.

Cheng said the launch of Didi Labs is a landmark in creating this global nexus of innovation. The lab will work in tandem with the broader Didi research network to advance its global strategy, apply research findings to products and services, and help cities develop smart transportation infrastructure.

It also expects to rapidly expand its US-based team of scientists and engineers over the course of the year.

Bob Zhang, Didi's CTO, called for top minds in AI and the intelligent driving research to join the company and to advance transformation in the global transportation industry.

"In the next decade, Didi will play a leading role in innovation in three ways: optimization of transportation infrastructure, introduction of new energy vehicles and intelligent driving systems, and a shift in the human-automotive relationship from ownership to shared access," Zhang said.

Wang Chenxi, a transport analyst for internet consultancy Analysys, said: "It is an inevitable trend that Didi taps into the self-driving sector as it has already accumulated enough personnel, capital and technologies."

The self-driving technology will first be applied into commercial car area such as logistics, cargo and public transportation, and followed by private cars, Wang said.

Last week, Didi obtained its first local online operating license from Tianjin municipality. It offers online car-hailing services in over 400 cities and completes more than 20 million rides daily.

Li: Shaanxi must exploit Belt, Road

Premier Li Keqiang called on Shaanxi province to make the most of opportunities to further open up, as China promotes the Belt and Road Initiative, in a panel discussion of National People's Congress deputies from the province in Beijing on Thursday.

The premier urged the province to advance reform and opening-up since Shaanxi is an important crossroads for the initiative, which is composed of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Xi'an, the provincial capital, which was a starting point for the ancient Silk Road as far back as the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), became the key city for the China (Shaanxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone, which was approved by the State Council in August to facilitate trade with countries and regions along the ancient route.

Shaanxi registered 1.9 trillion yuan ($279 billion) of GDP last year, a year-on-year increase of 7.6 percent and 0.9 of a percentage point higher than the country's growth rate. The province also excels in industries such as aviation as Northwest China's center of science and technology.

In January 2014, the premier spent three days visiting the province's cities of Shangluo, Xi'an and Ankang. During the visit, Li focused on economic transformation and cultivation of industries to employ people who had been relocated from impoverished areas to less-isolated places.

During Thursday's discussions, Li said Shaanxi has made enormous progress in economic and social development in recent years, and he hopes the province will make new achievements this year while being closely united under the Communist Party of China Central Committee with "Comrade Xi Jinping as the core".

Li said reforms should be deepened by promoting administrative streamlining and accelerating the transformation from old growth drivers to new ones.

He called for the development of industries such as high-end equipment manufacturing and electronic information, and expansion of new businesses such as logistics and e-commerce. The development of culture and tourism should also be boosted, he added.

Li said more jobs should be created to improve the quality of people's lives.

The Government Work Report, which Li delivered on Sunday at the opening session of the National People's Congress, set a target of 11 million new jobs for urban areas this year, 10 percent higher than last year's target.

In 2016, about 13.14 million new jobs were created in urban areas, exceeding the target by 30 percent, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

 

       Edited by Johnson(王政),2014 English Class 1,Xingxiang College

 
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