The Future of Mobility, Guiyang’s Self-Driving Startup — PIX

 China International Big Data Expo

The Pixmoving Company of Guiyang,

China’s Big Data Valley, will feature

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Pixmoving’s Self-driving Team Booth

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Photo credit: The Everett Collection

Autonomous driving has been envisioned since the 1950s. Now is the era of dynamic change. We are daily witnessing crazy and stunning technology achievement. In China, this future mobility is being facilitated on test tracks in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing starting in 2018. Self-driving cars test hit the headlines on media, like a the new arrival of a stranger to our life and city. It brings doubt and even fear among public, but also feeds public curiosity. Serving the citizens with self-driving technology is one of Pixmoving’s  business purposes. Hence, in this 2018 China Big Data expo, Pixmoving is displaying it’s self-driving experience to the public and is engaging global self-driving engineers in a “global meetup” – a fun race.

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DiYRobocars and Pixmoving Team Up

May 20th to 26th 2018, a global self-driving race is taking place in Guizhou Province where you can witness about 30 top engineers from around the world participating in a challenge of intelligence tasks. The racing cars are controlled by open source control systems provided by Pixmoving. Participants must complete tasks with their own algorithms to earn the final prize.people who are new to self-driving ideas are welcome to have experience with Pixmoving at the BigData Expo venue from May 26th to 29th. There will be a full-sized self-driving car waiting for you to get on board.

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The self-driving car exhibit on Big Data Expo for self-driving experience

Extend your vision and learn about how self-driving capabilities can help us live our lives smarter. In this Expo, a special self-driving coffee car (Pixmoving coffee car) will be serving drip coffee to the visitors. Want a cup of drip coffee? All you need to do to order your cup of coffee is swipe your phone with the order code. Then the Pixmoving coffee car will come forward and make a masterpiece cup coffee for you. 

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Pixmoving self-driving coffee car

Guizhou Province is located in Southwestern China, and is unknown to many people. It is, however becoming well known as “China Big Data Valley” where global high tech companies gather for connection, exposure, and data storage collaboration, etc.

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The Pixmoving Team . . . photo credit: Southern Airline journalist Xiao Le

Behind the events the Pixmoving team is like a “Magical Unicorn”

Pixmoving team is in a factory with 5000 m². The working space and engineer working areas are clearly based in this factory with full transparent glass rooms. Unlike many technology companies, Pixmoving team is dedicated in self-driving with their open, passion, and professional attitude. The factory is designed in a style of warm and full inspiration. A BBC series director once came and said that whoever could work here must be enjoyable. The environment here is with this purpose to transform the pressure or dull of work into flexibility, inspiration, and innovation. The communication is essential. If you ask any girl who is working on their paperwork here, they can explain anything about car, robot, 3D printer they know about in their factory.

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Pixmoving multifunctional service self-driving cars

Pixmoving is different from those who are dedicated to a product for private mobility only. Their plan is initiated from the chassis. The many services to life can be build upon it combining both software and hardware. The flexibility on self-driving can apply to: a driverless shuttle, driverless hotel, driverless cinema, driverless vendors etc. The shared service concept serves the public in many ways, like industrial areas, parks, nature areas, residential areas and anywhere the Smart City. The first Chinese self-driving car test license will be issued to Pixmoving, which is it’s most recent milestone.

The Company values are: `cooperation, share, open, and innovation`. These are easily felt from each corner of it’s factory rather than slogans hanging on the wall. A Hackathon event was held in March of 2018 and gathered over 50 engineers from 11 countries at the factory. The open-desk workshop proved that open innovation and collaboration create massive and inimmaginable results. Pixmoving believes that this BigData Expo will also drive more like-minded people to be involved in this field. The openness is a key factor in future technology improvement. Futurama exposure of any big companies is cool, but open-involvement in this radical change process really matters.

2018 China Big Data Expo – Establishing the base for a self-driving industrial ecosystem in Guiyang.

Self-driving is a cutting-edge high-tech new industry that is closely linked with big data, smart manufacturing and the real economy. Under the principle of “Data Creation, Innovation Drives the Future” and the annual theme “Digitalization of Everything, Integration of Intelligence” this year’s General Assembly of the Expo is in total harmony with the robotic transportation industry. The City of Guiyang by creating a fair and shared innovative center in the heart of the city, gathers global attention to Guiyang.  At the same time, it will also promote the self-driving ecosystem landing in Guizhou.

Pixmoving will further connect the world with institutions in Guiyang. The “unmanned vehicle technology” expertise should be drawn to Guiyang. With more open rules, the unmanned industry is promoted in Guiyang as an unmanned innovation city. Guiyang will lead the global realization of unmanned automated products. The race event has attracted high powered to the Pixmoving team from all over the world. The American laser radar company Velodyne supported this event’s Lidar. Taiwan’s Neousys Company supported the event’s industrial computing platform. The American engineers at Udacity, an online education organization, cooperates with event organizers to jointly recruit global contestants and offers some bonuses and course awards. China’s Beidouxingtong Company supported the GPS positioning of the event.

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Self-driving racing challenge partners

 Besides, the US DIY Robocars, Baidu Apollo, and Japan’s Autoware also joined as developer communities. A leading technology media, the Intelligence is an exclusive communication partner. In the future, they will have more connection with the Pix driverless team and Guizhou Province.

 

Why Guizhou?

Well CNN lists NINE REASONS as to why you should come to Guizhou, but the list is really incomplete. If you spend some time browsing the pages of the web site you will get some ideas. Guizhou is growing rapidly and China has made some very important investments. Sure, you can see the world’s tallest bridge, the worlds largest radio telescope, or the world’s largest transformer, but those three items are 1/3 of the nine listed by CNN and doesn’t come close to doing Guzhou justice.

Here is a list of some of the very interesting stuffs, all taken from this web site:
Caohai’s Black Necked Cranes
Fast Train Access to Southern China

Wine Festival Every September 9
Lost Road History

Cafes

Massage

Guizhou Food by CNN
Guizhou Food by Chef James

Local Directory of Services
Minority People

Hiking

 

Gay You Are

It is really considered bad form for a teacher to laugh at a student’s mistake. In an English classroom we will often teach the polite way to ask for something and receive it. For example, “May I have a glass of water?” to which the response is “Here you are”. Then you hand the person a glass of water. In Chinese the question is like “Qing gei wo yi bei shui.” (“May I have a glass of water?”), to which the answer is “Gei Ni.” (literally “give you”, pronounced “gay knee”) as you hand him the glass of water.

So I recently heard of a teacher that lost it and cracked up when the student mixed up his Chinese and English — called Chiinglish. The student mixed up “Gei ni” and “Here you are”. It came out: “Gay you are.”

(Sorry, I guess you have to be an English teacher in China to appreciate this one.)

Another (USA) Fatality in Autonomous Vehicle Testing

See Detailed article at this link: Fatal AV Crash details

This Tesla which is modified for autonomous driving has an on-board computer which didn’t recognize and/or react to the obstacle in front of it. The automatic braking system again failed. The proliferation of the “UNconnected” Autonomous Vehicle appears to be creating hazards on public streets, based on two recent USA crashes of AVs. The supercomputer coordinated system advocated on this site seems like the better alternative to the proliferation of weaker, unconnected computer controlled cars.

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Autonomous Vehicles Need Oversight

The Proposal for Autonomous Vehicle testing in the Beizhan bus terminal seems like a safe way to address this technology. Sensors in smart buses can be tested safely with professional drivers in an area where pedestrians and bicycles are prohibited. The US is moving too fast I think. Pedestrian Killed in US by Automated Vehicle. See Guiyang Tech Village .

Guiyang Jazz

This is Guiyang Jazz. Martin, an Australian, has loved music all his life. He plays with Chinese musicians and brings his jazzy friends up from Australia to play at the Obsession Jazz bar, on Wenchang Beilu. Live Jazz  ( Alt Link ) . It is right across from the Wenchang Castle in the old part of town. It is a multicultural experience with Chinese and foreigners together in the same Jazz Bar venue. Martin has drawn from many parts of the globe, including from England to Australia. Guiyang Jazz, like all Jazz has it roots in the south of the USA. Martin even pulls in Americans to play drums, horns, and one of my favorites, the zydeco. The zydeco is sometimes referred to as a Louisiana washboard Zydeco  ( Alt Link ).

Guiyang jazz seems to be coming up in the jazz world. Guiyang Report

Gaotie and Bus from new Dongzhan

Two engines for a long Gaotie train.

I recently discovered that Guiyang has a fourth rail station. We.had one conventional rail station during the sixteen years since I first visited Guiyang in 2000. Then there were three with the addition of a high speed rail station at the new airport and the north high speed rail Station called Beizhan. I just arrived at  the East Station (Dongzhan), from Kaili, about 110 miles away.. It has been open for a couple months. Now there are four train stations . . . one conventional and three high speed rail (300 kph or 186 mph). The high speed rail is called Gaotie, which loosely translates as “High Iron”.

The infrastructure investment is very aggressive here, We have had three train stations and a replacement air terminal open in the last three years. A ring road and a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line circling the city has also been completed during that period.

Cost in time and cash of yesterday’s trip from Kaili is as follows:Kaili kindargarten to train Station, 30 minutes and 4 rmb; Kaili rail station to Guiyang rail station, 35 minutes and 53.5 rmb; Guiyang East Station to my home by bus, 21 minutes and 2 rmb. The short walk to my apartment cost seven minutes and about 16 calories (no cost, calories were borrowed from surplus). It took about an hour and a half including wait times for buses and trains. Total cost from kindergarten to home, about 130 miles was just about 60 rmb, or approx. $9.50.