AI tour bus makes its de­but

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

A fleet of sight­see­ing buses equipped with ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy be­gan trial op­er­a­tions on Wed­nes­day in Shang­hai. Co-de­vel­oped by Chi­nese search en­gine gi­ant Baidu and a Shang­hai-based tourism com­pany, the dou­ble-deck tour bus aims to make travel more con­ve­nient for tourists. Pas­sen­gers can board the bus through fa­cial recog­ni­tion — no tick­ets re­quired. Mean­while, wire­less trans­la­tors on the bus are able to pro­vide di­verse ser­vices for tourists, in­clud­ing trans­la­tion, an­swer­ing ques­tions and au­dio guides. The trans­la­tor sup­ports mul­ti­ple lan­guages in­clud­ing English, Ja­panese, Korean, Thai, Rus­sian, Span­ish, Ger­man and Ara­bic. The of­fi­cial start is set for January.

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