Chinese search-engine colossus Baidu which is the country’s equivalent to Google has announced plans to invest $1.5bn in self-driving technology as part of its overall strategy to expand the ecosystem of its Apollo autonomous vehicle platform.

Read more: Chinese multinational announces plans to invest $1.5bn in self-driving technology

Chinese multinational e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding and the world’s largest contract electrics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group have raised $350m in funding for a new Chinese electric car startup.

Read more: Alibaba Group and Foxconn raise $350m in funding for new Chinese electric car startup

The world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn has announced that it plans to invest the $4.3bn it raised from a listing of one of its units in Shanghai into ambitious and innovative AI, 5G and Internet of Things projects.

Read more: Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer to invest $4bn in AI, 5G and IoT projects

Chinese e-commerce colossus Alibaba Cloud has announced that it has deployed its cutting-edge smart city Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur. This represents the Chinese vendor’s first implementation of its AI platform outside its domestic market.

Read more: Chinese e-commerce giant deploys its smart city AI platform in Malaysia

Chinese firm YITU Technology (YITU) which is a leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and innovation has officially launched a new office in Singapore. The new facility will serve as the company’s regional hub in order to help YITU accelerate its award-winning and renowned AI and facial recognition solutions to whole series of new customers, partners and markets in regions such as Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau and Oceania.

Read more: Chinese AI firm launches its first international office in Singapore

Huawei has partnered with telecom provider China Unicom to deploy the latter’s first private cloud resource pool based on Huawei’s CloudFabric solution. The move marks a significant step for China Unicom in enabling its business transformation in the cloud era. 

Read more: China Unicom taps Huawei for cloud computing solution

The world’s largest mobile transportation platform Didi Chuxing has partnered with Chinese traffic management authorities to introduce its new innovative integrated solution for smart city traffic management in the country. The platform has been named as the DiDi Smart Transportation Brain.

Read more: Chinese firm launches traffic solution entitled ‘Smart Transportation Brain’

New Zealand has trumped Australia in the space race. American-New Zealand aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab successfully reached orbit with the test flight of its second Electron orbital launch vehicle, ‘Still Testing’, on January 21. Electron lifted-off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand.

Read more: Rocket Lab launches satellites into orbit from New Zealand

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