China

  • Shanghai has received an upgrade in energy efficient lighting. The connected architectural system will illuminate over forty of Shanghai’s iconic buildings throughout the city’s financial and tourist districts and three of its bridges.

  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group will contribute its cloud computing capabilities to transform Macau, an autonomous region on the south coast of China, into one of Asia Pacific's leading smart cities, South China Morning Post reported. Alibaba and Macau signed an agreement on Friday August 4.

  • Chinese e-commerce colossus Alibaba has taken its first venture into developing artificial intelligence home devices by launching its voice assistant speaker, which has drawn comparisons to Amazon's 'Echo'.

  • Chinese government officials have tabled legislation focused on 'energy efficiency' which has been specifically formulated in an effort to reduce Beijing's consumption of coal. The document which was drafted by members of the Beijing Municipal Government, firmly feel the legislation proposed will cut the capital's coal consumption to below 5 million tons by 2020.

  • BMW Group has announced that it has officially obtained the Shanghai Intelligent Connected Autonomous Driving Test License.

  • Chinese search engine colossus Baidu and the BMW Group has formally announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), under which the BMW Group will join Apollo, the open autonomous driving platform by Baidu, as a board member.

  • The world's leading car manufacturers have come together to issue an appeal to China to delay or soften its planned policy in relation to the sales of its electric and hybrid vehicles. The proposals brought forward by China's Ministry of Industry and IT has been viewed as 'impossible to meet' by global automakers, and added that the introduction of the policy would severely disrupt the automotive sector.

  • Almost 200 Chinese and non-Chinese organizations have bandied together under the auspices of the Electronic Information Division of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to

  • China has revealed its plans which it believes if successfully executed will make it the world leader in AI (artificial intelligence) by 2030 - which would see the industry worth around $147.7 billion. China's state council disclosed a three-step roadmap it has established, in which it outlined its thinking behind AI and how it expects the technology to be developed and deployed.

  • China has completed the first-phase of a massive energy project specifically aimed at solving the persist problem it has with air pollution in the country. The construction of a 250-acre solar farm which has been uniquely designed in the shape of a giant panda - also hopes to eliminate the country's dependence on coal.

  • China has been projected to lead the global adoption of 5G technology by 2023, according to research compiled by CCS Insight. CCS Insight have claimed that the country's booming market will ensure and facilitate that 5G is quicker out of the starting blocks than any other previous mobile technology.

  • China, home to one of the most advanced mobile payment infrastructure in the world, has adopted facial payment technology.

  • China, according to state media, has launched a digital "cyber-court" in an effort to deal with rising internet-related crimes. The first case – a copyright dispute between an online writer and a web company – was heard on August 18, at the new Hangzhou Internet Court.

  • China is leading the global race in the development of smart cities with the world’s second-largest economy now having over 500 smart city projects either ready or under construction.

  • The Chinese government has announced that it will invest a staggering $2.1 billion into the development of a new industrial park for AI research in Beijing. Other global superpowers such as Russia, the United States and the UAE have already invested heavily in AI (artificial intelligence) which has been recognized as a key economic driver in the future.

  • China has announced plans to construct the world's first ever 'forest city' in an effort to combat global warming and air pollution. The highly ambitious project would see all buildings covered in plants and trees in a revolutionary move to alleviate the threat posed by global warming.

  • A UK-based financial services firm has claimed that China has stolen a march on other countries, and will lead the global autonomous vehicle market, which is expected to be worth around $1 trillion by 2040. IHS MARKIT has suggested that China will spearhead the self-driving revolution and said that the country had already embarked upon a number of initiatives aimed at establishing itself as the major player in the emerging industry.

  • China has relaunched its fleet of high-speed bullet trains after capping speeds in 2011 following two tragic crashes that left 40 people dead. The top speed of the Fuxing or "rejuvenation" trains was capped at 300km/h after the accidents, but will now be increased to top speeds of up to 350km/h.

  • To further the implementation of mixed-ownership reform-related deployments and be a creator of smart living trusted by customers, on 5 November, China Unicom and JD.com held an opening ceremony in Guangzhou to unveil their jointly built Smart Living Experience Store in Guangzhou.

  • China Unicom, together with Ericsson, has commercially launched a Gigabit LTE network in China, allowing subscribers to "enjoy the services and benefits available with high-speed mobile broadband data," an Ericsson statement said.