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Baidu gets first commercial license for self-driving cars in China

Baidu gets first commercial license for self-driving cars in China

The city of Wuhan issued China’s first commercial license for three self-driving vehicle companies, according to the Wuhan government and state media.

Baidu, along with startups Haylion Technologies and DeepBlue Technology, was granted a license to conduct commercial operations with self-driving vehicles along a 28-kilometer demonstration zone that’s covered with 5G connectivity, according to reports.

Last week, Shanghai also issued a license for Chinese automaker SAIC, BMW and Didi to conduct robotaxi tests in one district of the city. But according to Xinhua and Shanghai regulations, the new Shanghai license doesn’t allow for commercial operation, so tests only involve volunteer passengers.

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TikTok and other video platforms introduce anti-addiction mode

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Huawei opens world’s first flagship store
Huawei opens world’s first flagship store
Huawei’s first global flagship store opened its doors in Shenzhen on September 28. (Picture: Huawei)

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Tencent, Baidu join Amazon's voice assistant network
Tencent, Baidu join Amazon's voice assistant network
You might eventually be able to use your Amazon Echo to send messages on WeChat. (Picture: Elaine Thompson/AP Photo)

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Apple fixes squid, mosquito and abacus emoji in iOS 13
Apple fixes squid, mosquito and abacus emoji in iOS 13
Apple's old abacus emoji had a a 2x4 bead arrangement that was historically inaccurate. Apple also reoriented it to reflect how it would have been used with the beads on top and bottom. (Picture: Emojipedia)
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China will soon have new regulations on facial recognition payments
China will soon have new regulations on facial recognition payments
A Zhengzhou citizen paying on an Alipay face-scanning device at a drugstore in May 2018. (Picture: Xinhua)

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Alibaba’s new social media app wants you to scan your friends’ faces
Alibaba’s new social media app wants you to scan your friends’ faces
“Scan face and add impressions to know her,” says the app’s description on China’s iOS App Store. (Picture: Real如我)

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Vivo promises a $280 5G phone next year
Vivo promises a $280 5G phone next year
Vivo's new flagship, the Nex 3, has attracted attention with its 64-megapixel pop-up camera and a premium model that comes with 5G. (Picture: Ben Sin/SCMP)

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