Double-deck AI tour bus debuts in Shanghai

A fleet of sightseeing Double-deck  buses equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) technology have started trial operation Wednesday in Shanghai.

Double-deck AI tour bus debuts in Shanghai

Co-developed by Chinese search engine giant Baidu and a Shanghai-based tourism company, the double-deck tour bus aims to make travel more convenient for tourists through AI technology.

Tourists are allowed to get on the double-deck bus through facial recognition — no tickets required. Meanwhile, the wireless translators on the bus are able to provide diverse services for tourists, including translation, answering questions and audio guides.

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The translator supports multiple languages including English, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Russian, Spanish, German and Arabic.

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So far, there are two tour routes, covering the most famous and classic travel destinations in Shanghai.

The  buses will start official operation from January 2019. A fleet of 10 tour buses will be initially put into use and another Double-deck AI 10 buses will join the fleet later next year.

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Baidu and Shanghai inked a strategic cooperative framework in November to promote the construction of Shanghai as a smart city.

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