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Didi Chuxing’s Robotaxis Soon to Deploy in Shanghai
Didi Chuxing’s Robotaxis Soon to Deploy in Shanghai
Didi robotaxis ready to be deployed. Image Credits: Didi Official Website
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Users soon will experience Didi’s self-driving cars in Shanghai, reconfirmed by head of Didi’s AI Labs and Didi Chuxing VP, Ye Jieping (叶杰平) at the 2019 Zhongguancun Forum (中关村论坛).

Didi has already been given the permit to test its autonomous vehicles in Shanghai and is eager to test out its self-driving pickup service on everyday citizens. The first test fleet will deploy 30 different models of Level 4 autonomous vehicles and will have the ability to cover over 10 kilometers per ride.

Ye also spoke on the redefining of the transportation within the next 10 years. According to him, the three major transformations in this sector will be in transportation infrastructure, mobility and transportation tools, and shared mobility services. All three areas will be deeply dependent upon AI technology. 

Machine learning and AI are already used by Didi in many ways, according to Ye.

“For instance, concerning travel safety, we use big data and AI technology to find hot-spots for traffic incidents, discern amongst many different poor driving behaviors…and based on this data, employ machine learning, data mining and other methods to build a picture of the individual, street, intersection…in order to warn the driver ahead of time if, say, there was a relatively dangerous intersection up ahead.” 

All self-driving rides will be free and users will be able to call for an autonomous vehicle through the Didi app. The company intends to begin their trial program with a mixed dispatching model, meaning there will still likely be a human driver in the car.

Earlier this year, Didi turned its autonomous self-driving unit into an independent company, led by Didi’s CTO Zhang Bo (张博). This follows the footsteps of Google’s decision to spin off its autonomous self-driving unit, Waymo, into an independent subsidiary in 2016. Didi’s newly independent unit has around 200 employees and conduct R&D in both China and the United States. 

Didi’s biggest rival in China, search engine and AI giant, Baidu, also launched a trial self-driving robot taxi service in Changsha, Hunan earlier this September, as the competition to lead the market in autonomous driving services continues. Last year, the testing of autonomous vehicles was led by Baidu, who registered 140,000 kilometers in Beijing out of the total 153,000 registered test-driven miles by eight companies, including Didi, Pony.ai (小马智行), Tencent, NIO, Audi, Daimler AG and BAIC Group.

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一站式移动出行平台
CATEGORIES: AI, Auto Travel, Finance, Computer Vision, Autonomous Driving, Technical Travel, Natural Language Processing, O2O, Big Data, Sharing Travel, Business Car, Mutual Insurance, Auto Traffic, Auto Rental, Car-owner Service, Travel Service, Public Traffic, OFO, Auto Big Data
Last Funding Type
Strategic Investment
Number of Employees
10001-50000
Number of Funding Rounds
20
全自动无人驾驶汽车研发公司
CATEGORIES: AI, Computer Vision, Autonomous Driving, Robot, Hardware, Auto Traffic, Machine Vision, Radar, Smart Auto, Robot Technology
Last Funding Type
Number of Employees
51-100
Number of Funding Rounds
5
NIO is an automotive company that designs and develops electric autonomous vehicles.
CATEGORIES: AI, Autonomous Driving, Smart Manufacturing, New Energy Auto, Auto Traffic, Electric Auto, Auto Manufacturing, Smart Auto, Internet of Auto
Last Funding Type
IPO
Number of Employees
9834
Number of Funding Rounds
7

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滴滴出行
一站式移动出行平台
CATEGORIES: AI, Auto Travel, Finance, Computer Vision, Autonomous Driving, Technical Travel, Natural Language Processing, O2O, Big Data, Sharing Travel, Business Car, Mutual Insurance, Auto Traffic, Auto Rental, Car-owner Service, Travel Service, Public Traffic, OFO, Auto Big Data
Last Funding Type
Strategic Investment
Number of Employees
10001-50000
Number of Funding Rounds
20
小马智行
全自动无人驾驶汽车研发公司
CATEGORIES: AI, Computer Vision, Autonomous Driving, Robot, Hardware, Auto Traffic, Machine Vision, Radar, Smart Auto, Robot Technology
Last Funding Type
Number of Employees
51-100
Number of Funding Rounds
5
NIO
NIO is an automotive company that designs and develops electric autonomous vehicles.
CATEGORIES: AI, Autonomous Driving, Smart Manufacturing, New Energy Auto, Auto Traffic, Electric Auto, Auto Manufacturing, Smart Auto, Internet of Auto
Last Funding Type
IPO
Number of Employees
9834
Number of Funding Rounds
7

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