Self-driving cars bring talent back to China

Some of the brightest Chinese talents in the booming AI sector are returning home to a country poised to become the world's largest market for autonomous vehicles. Investors are taking note.

Forget the internet and social networks the hotspot for start-ups and investors today is the future of transportation. Driving this shift is a series of cutting-edge technologies such as image recognition, advanced mapping, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and even machine-learning operating systems.

Arguably the main beneficiary of this trend at least in terms of industrial and investment interest is autonomous driving. Once the stuff of science fiction, the idea of cars that drive themselves is on the cusp of reality and is reeling in capital from established auto players, tech and internet titans, as well as venture capitalists. According to think tank The Brookings Institution’s calculation, based on public sources only, more...

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