Autonomous driving transit bus launches with palm recognition and voice technology

Chinese AI company DeepBlue Technology has launched an autonomous driving bus called the “Smart Panda Bus,” which the company says features “hand palm recognition” and an AI voice system to allow customers to interact with it.

The bus rapid transit (BRT) vehicles are powered by DeepBlue’s autonomous driving technology, computer vision, and an environmentally friendly electric engine, according to the announcement. The announcement does not specify whether palms are recognized by geometry or vein scans.

Urban traffic is increasing faster than new subways can be built in cities like Beijing and Shanghai, DeepBlue says, and Shanghai has implemented several BRT pilot projects in central urban areas. The company intends to be a leader in the growing market with its next-generation autonomous vehicles providing a faster and more comfortable customer experience.

DeepBlue Smart Panda Buses have already been sold in more than 200 cities in China, and 500 cities around the world.

Allied Market Research predicts the automotive biometric market will grow by 12 percent CAGR to nearly $1.13 billion in 2024.

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