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Chinese tech company launches smart 'Panda' bus

The company is using the vehicle to take bus rapid transit to the next level in cities around the world

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Shanghai-based DeepBlue is one of the fastest growing companies in the AI industry
Shanghai-based DeepBlue is one of the fastest growing companies in the AI industry

DeepBlue Technology, a Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) technology firm, has announced the ”Smart Panda Bus”, which it claims is one of the most efficient autonomous driving buses in the world.

 

According to the Shanghai headquartered company, China’s urban traffic density is exponentially increasing as the population grows. Subway projects are also facing many challenges due to the large dimensions and cost of the construction work involved.

 

Urban areas in big cities, like Shanghai and Beijing, are suffering from traffic jams and pedestrian congestion, making its autonomous driving bus rapid transit (BRT) a more attractive option, said DeepBlue.

 

The bus’ design has been inspired by the Chinese panda bear. It is equipped with DeepBlue’s signature autonomous driving technology, computer vision, hand palm recognition and an environmentally friendly electric engine.

 

Passengers interact with the bus

 

It aims to provide an “out of this world” experience by combining unmanned intelligent transportation with an AI voice system that allows customers to interact with the bus.

 

Even though the development of the bus rapid transit (BRT) has been present in the international scene for a while, autonomous driving vehicles are still at an early stage of development.

 

As a new public transportation method, the structure of the current Chinese transportation system will have to accommodate the development of closed safe trails to allow for the autonomous driving of vehicles like the Panda bus.

 

For instance, Shanghai has started making some structural changes by implementing several BRT pilot projects that aim to improve the public traffic conditions in central urban areas.

 

Optimising user experience

 

DeepBlue Technology has integrated its latest technologies into the Panda bus in a bid to develop the “transportation method of the future”. It aims to optimise users’ experience by offering solutions that will help save time by multi-tasking, allowing commuters to carry out several activities while travelling comfortably.

 

Using patented key technologies such as deep learning, machine vision, biometrics and advanced payment solutions, DeepBlue said it has been able to develop new breakthrough technologies in diverse fields such as smart cities, self-driving, biological intelligence, AI chips, smart robots, retail, phonetics and semantics, security and education/national defence industry.

 

DeepBlue claims its buses have already been sold in more than 200 cities across China and 500 cities around the world.

 

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