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Baidu to connect Enterprises with AI, makes slew of Announcements


Baidu at their Baidu Create 2019, its annual AI developer conference, announced a slew of updates to their AI-powered solutions. These updates are more centred around intelligent transformation of industry and connect enterprises with technologies.

For the intelligent transformation of industry, Baidu announced,

  • A strategic partnership with China’s leading automaker Geely.
  • Debuted “Xiaopu”, the first virtual customer service representative. Baidu and Pudong Development Bank have developed this project at their joint deep learning laboratory.
  • A collaboration/partnership between deep learning platform PaddlePaddle and Huawei’s Kirin Chip.
  • The latest iteration of their DuerOS 5.0 with ‘full-duplex’ feature.
  • The first L4 autonomous passenger vehicle production line in collaboration with Hongqi of leading carmaker FAW Group.

Executive Opinion

Robin Li, co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Baidu, said, "AI is awakening all things and, as it is integrated into all facets of life, it will launch a new era of industrial intelligence."

He further added, "We have been making great efforts to promote the advancement of AI technology and open it up to millions of developers. We hope to serve people and contribute to society with technology."

Artificial Intelligence focused Announcements' details

The open AI platform, Baidu Brain was officially upgraded to Baidu Brain 5.0. The deep learning platform, PaddlePaddle has upgraded its core algorithms for vision, voice, language and knowledge, says the announcement.

Baidu also noted that it has updated its AI Chip, "Honghu". The AI chip crafted for remote voice interaction now adapts to in-vehicle voice interaction and smart homes scenarios.

Additionally, Baidu's Smart Mini Program has brought 250 million monthly active users across its 150,000 Smart Mini Programs.

As of June 2019, the DuerOS voice assistant install base had grown and surpassed 400 million. The monthly voice queries exceeded 3.6 billion on DuerOS excluding those from Baidu’s apps.

The latest version of DuerOS 5.0 sports features such as full-duplex ability, home information feed function, family communication and notification function, DLNA screen projection technology.

Baidu also announced its latest update Apollo 5.0, the latest update to its autonomous driving platform. Apollo Open Platform introduced new data pipelines. The announcement noted that this feature has helped Baidu in reducing calibration time for each vehicle from one week to 30 minutes. Apollo Enterprise also introduced two new solutions, Robotaxi and Intelligent Communication and Control. Geely will start to equip its cars with a DuerOS powered GKUI19 system.

Also Baidu in collaboration with Intel on the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP-T for Training) and a deep-learning training solution developed with PaddlePaddle. Both companies will also work on optimizing the second generation of Intel Xeon Scalable Processor based on the PaddlePaddle deep-learning model.

Baidu Create 2019 where all these details announced witnessed more than 7,000 developers, partners and media from around the world.

Baidu Cloud witnessed quarterly revenues surpassing RMB 1 Billion in record time. The Cloud and AI are becoming one of the most important tools for Baidu to empower intelligent transformation, says the announcement.

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