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Laiye closes $50m Series C+; Baidu launches paid robotaxi services

April 30 · Issue #377 · View online
Asia AI News
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Here’s your Friday edition of Asia AI News! Apologies for skipping the last couple of newsletters (work pressures taking their toll!).
No time for a summary today, but lots of news to share. Scroll down for more!
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Laiye, China’s answer to UiPath, closes $50 million Series C+ Laiye, China’s answer to UiPath, closes $50 million Series C+
BYJU’S close to becoming highest valued Indian startup
South Korea’s Pharmcadd bags $16 million in series B financing, plans 2022 IPO
Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem
Autonomous Vehicles
China's Baidu to launch paid driverless ride-hailing services in Beijing
Toyota acquires Lyft's self-driving unit for $550 million
China launches robot to collect space debris and mine asteroids
Fish-inspired soft robot survives a trip to the deepest part of the ocean
S. Korea eases regulations for early use of autonomous robots capable of boarding elevators
IIT-G signs MoU with Mehta Family Foundation to set up School of Data Science, AI
N. Korea uses AI for foreign language tests
Tessolve raises $40 mn from Singapore's Novo Tellus at $100 mn valuation
Space launched for drone tests, including deliveries to vessels offshore
AI Adoption
‘India expected to invest $1 billion in AI by 2023’
Singapore to build second national supercomputer with more on roadmap
Economic issues, once divisive, now bind Japan and the U.S. Economic issues, once divisive, now bind Japan and the U.S.
How one man’s dream to rival Google’s AI chief reflects China’s quest for tech supremacy
China’s Huawei reports quarterly revenue drop as smartphone income hit
Podcast: Tech giant Eric Schmidt warns China is catching up to U.S. in AI
Nuclear Robotics
£3 million nuclear robotics contract is first tranche in LongOps UK-Japan deal
S. Korea to kick off unmanned surveillance vehicle development in earnest
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