Didi Chuxing Launches Robotaxi in Shanghai
China’s ride-hailing giant, Didi Chuxing, announced that its launching an on-demand robotaxi service in Jiading, a Shanghai suburb. Didi said customers can hail an autonomous taxi – which operate with assistance from human drivers – on the Didi app starting last Saturday.
The company didn’t specify the exact size of the service’s area, but it said it will be available in multiple locations including Shanghai’s Automobile Exhibition Center, the local business districts, subway stations and hotels.
Meng Xing, the chief operating officer of Didi’s autonomous driving business, told us that the company’s driverless fleet has more than 100 cars globally, with more than two dozen currently in Shanghai.
Meng said the goal is not to create a virtual driver, but to collect more data on how such projects operate, including passenger feedback and technical metrics.
Earlier this year, Didi’s autonomous driving subsidiary raised $500 million. The company is still in talks to raise more for its autonomous driving business, according to people who have direct knowledge of the matter.
Didi’s founder and CEO has said It will take at least a decade of continued investment, before autonomous vehicle development passes critical tech, business and regulatory milestones; but they are determined to tackle the challenges ahead, he said.
autonomous vehicle 无人驾驶汽车，自动驾驶汽车 滴滴的创始人兼首席执行官曾经表示，在无人驾驶汽车研发通过关键技术、商业运作和监督管理的重大阶段之前，至少还需要10年的持续投资；但他表示，他们有决心应对未来的挑战。