China's newly opened AI park in Beijing features technologies such as driverless buses, augmented reality Tai Chi, and smart walkways. (Photo Credit: Xinhua News Agency/Twitter)
In a bid to transform its capital into a global hub for tech innovation and artificial intelligence (AI), China opened a smart park powered by AI technologies on Thursday in Beijing, according to state-backed Xinhua News Agency.
Located in northwest Beijing’s Haidian District, the park features augmented reality (AR) Tai Chi lessons, autonomous shuttle buses, smart walkways tracking people’s steps using facial recognition, smart lamp posts that can record exercise data, and intelligent pavilions equipped with the tech company Baidu’s conversational DuerOS AI assistant.
The AI park was co-built by the Haidian district and Baidu, the company behind the country’s search giant, as part of a long-term plan to build a smart city. Haidian Park, which underwent a 10-month renovation, was chosen for the pilot program in Beijing.
The Haidian district is home to many of China’s biggest tech companies and is considered “China’s Silicon Valley.”
“Everyone can AI,” Pei Haodong, a spokesperson for Baidu, told the Global Times on Monday.
Baidu wants the park to serve as a role model for other urban parks and bring AI closer to everyday life, Pei said.