China’s Didi Chuxing (DiDi) has upgraded its autonomous driving unit into an independent company to focus on R&D and business development related to autonomous driving technologies.
The new company says it will integrate the resources and technological advantages of DiDi’s vehicle sharing platform and it will deepen collaboration with upstream and downstream auto industry partners.
DiDi’s CTO, ZHANG Bo, will head the new autonomous driving company as its CEO.
ZHANG Bo says: “The new company looks forward to further strategic collaborations with auto makers and industry partners to promote the application of self-driving technologies in people’s everyday lives.”
CHENG Wei, Chairman and CEO of DiDi, adds: “Autonomous driving will greatly enhance the safety and efficiency of travel, and help cities to be smarter and more sustainable. Technology serves people; in the future, people’s transportation needs in different scenarios will be met by the combination of seamless autonomous driving technology and human driving services that are indispensable for their quality and warmth. Technology will be fully integrated with the ultimate goal of service.”
DiDi’s autonomous driving team was established in 2016. The team is developing and testing autonomous driving vehicles in China and the United States, with over 200 staff in total.