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Alibaba unveils new products at cloud computing conference

18 September 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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Alibaba Cloud has unveiled a series of products at its annual Apsara Conference, highlighting the technology pioneer’s commitment in helping people adapt to the more digitised world and accelerate customers’ digital transformation during and after the pandemic.

The company said that the cloud computer can reduce the rendering time of one frame high-resolution animation from 90 minutes using a traditional PC, down to only 10 minutes.

Alibaba Cloud also unveiled its autonomous logistics robot for last-mile deliveries. Developed by the Alibaba DAMO Academy, the delivery robot can carry 50 packages at one time and cover 62 miles (or 100 kilometres) on a single charge, according to the company.

“We hope our cloud computer can help people access resilient computing power whenever they need to, so they can conduct complex tasks which usually require sophisticated and powerful PCs, such as video editing, animation rendering, software development, and online customer services, with a tiny personal computer at hand now,” said Jeff Zhang, President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

“As working from home becomes the new normal during and after the pandemic, we believe our innovation can also help users more easily enjoy the benefits of cloud computing anytime, anywhere, in a cost-effective yet secure way.”

It is estimated the mobile robot should be able to deliver as many as 500 packages a day to one designated community or campus.

“We are expecting a rapid spike of delivery demands brought by the thriving New Retail and local services businesses in the increasingly digitalized world,” added Zhang.

“To meet the strong delivery demand for our internal business growth and for the larger society, we have been investing in smart logistics, including logistics robots, for years.

“We are glad to launch our latest mobile delivery robot, which will support Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics platform, to serve communities, campuses and business parks in China.”