Grab to set up artificial intelligence lab with Singapore university

  • TECH
  • Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018

FILE PHOTO - People wait for the start of Grab's fifth anniversary news conference in Singapore June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Picture - RC1BEB7F4940

SINGAPORE: South-East Asia's Grab is jointly investing S$6mil (RM17.77mil) with the National University of Singapore to launch an artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory to help improve the efficiency and utilisation of vehicles on its platform.

The lab's efforts will expand to research on challenges such as congestion in South-East Asian cities, Grab and NUS said in a statement on July 18.

The AI lab is the latest move by Grab to leverage its vast trove of data and growing user base to improve its services. Last month, it received a US$1bil (RM4.05bil) investment from Toyota Motor Corp in a partnership that includes data sharing.

The lab's research could provide more personalised services to passengers, improve driving safety through better understanding of driver behaviour as well as improve precision in mapping pick-up points, Grab and NUS said.

The lab will also look at developing algorithms that could detect traffic events and anomalies in real-time and improve traffic flow.

Grab, which started as a taxi-booking firm six years ago, has been transforming itself into a consumer technology group, offering services such as digital payments and food delivery.

Earlier this month, it said it would expand into grocery delivery as part of its new open platform strategy. — Reuters

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