China’s Alibaba teams up with Tesla rival Xpeng on driverless cars


XPeng is still focused in boosting the sales of its electric cars. But it has been focusing on building out future businesses in flying cars and robotics.

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and electric vehicle startup Xpeng are opening a computing center to train software for driverless cars, the two companies said Tuesday.

Autonomous driving systems require huge amounts of data to be processed in order to train algorithms.

Xpeng claims that the new computing center will reduce the training time for its core autonomous driving model from seven days to within an hour.

The Guangzhou-headquartered company will use technology from Alibaba’s cloud division for…


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