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Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd plans to develop self-driving trucks with logistics subsidiary Cainiao, Chief Technology Officer Cheng Li said .Cheng also said Cainiao aims to introduce 1,000 autonomous delivery robots in China over the next year.
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The announcement comes as dozens of startups, automakers and large technology firms, such as internet search leader Baidu Inc, accelerate work on self-driving vehicle systems, which are widely expected to bring a sea change to the transportation industry. Other self-driving truck makers include U.S. firm TuSimple Holdings Inc, which listed shares in April.