India Digest: Reliance-backed consortium plans to launch AI model; Uber tests store pickup feature in India

India Digest: Reliance-backed consortium plans to launch AI model; Uber tests store pickup feature in India

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A Reliance Industries-backed consortium is planning to launch an AI Model next month, while Uber is testing its “Store Pickup” feature in India.

Dubbed Hanooman, AI model to work in 11 languages

A consortium backed by Reliance Industries and eight Indian universities, dubbed BharatGPT, is planning to launch an AI Model next month, reported Bloomberg News.

The model, named Hanooman, aims to work in 11 local languages in healthcare, governance, financial services, and education, as a part of the country’s efforts to become a player in AI, added the report.

Indian AI-driven SaaS firm Impact Analytics had raised $40 million in January this year, while Sarvam AI raised $41 million in a Series A funding round led by Lightspeed barely five months into operation. Course5 Intelligence also raked in $53 million, while RevSure.AI raised $10 million in its seed funding.

Uber tests store pickup feature in Delhi-NCR

Uber is testing the “Store Pickup” feature delivering pre-paid items from local stores, according to TechCrunch.

The feature, which was introduced in some US cities, is being tested in Delhi-NCR, added the report.

The feature allows customers to track their deliveries similar to how the app currently tracks ride bookings. But the ordered item can weigh up to 5 kg and cost a maximum of Rs 5,000 rupees, according to the report.

Edited by: Joymitra Rai

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