In 2016, DiDi Chuxing , one of the world’s leading mobile transportation platforms, had established an autonomous driving team. The team since then has grown to a comprehensive R&D team covering areas including HD mapping, perception, behavior prediction, planning and control, infrastructure and simulation, labeling, problem diagnosis, vehicle modifications, connected car, and security, among others. The team is developing and testing autonomous driving vehicles in China and the United States.
Now the company has announced that it has upgraded its autonomous driving unit into an independent company to focus on R&D, product application, and business development related to autonomous driving technologies.
The new autonomous driving company will integrate the resources and technological advantages of DiDi’s platform, continue to increase investment in R&D of core innovative technologies, and deepen collaboration with upstream and downstream auto industry partners.
The company will actively explore the promotion of self-driving technologies with transportation authorities and broader society in order to create a more efficient and safer mobility environment for all.
DiDi’s CTO, ZHANG Bo, will head the new autonomous driving company as its CEO. MENG Xing, former Executive Director at Shunwei China Internet Fund, will become COO of the company. JIA Zhaoyin and ZHENG Jianqiang will lead an autonomous driving R&D team in the United States and China, respectively. All three will report to ZHANG Bo.
Source: Press Release