How Didi is plotting to commercialise driverless cars

Ride-hailing firms are ideally placed in the race to put autonomous vehicles on the road, argues the Chinese unicorn’s CTO. Didi is making a big push to be first.

China’s homegrown ride-hailing unicorn Didi Chuxing is trying to solve one of the thorniest problems in motoring how to profit from self-driving cars.

Car makers globally have invested heavily in creating autonomous vehicles but consumers are unlikely to buy them until the technology is proved safe in variable weather or road conditions, especially after an Uber self-driving SUV killed Elaine Herzberg on March 18 in Arizona.

“It doesn’t make sense for a consumer to buy a car to drive it only on a sunny day or during good road circulation,” said Bob Zhang, Didi’s chief technology officer, speaking at the RISE conference in Hong Kong.

...
¬ Haymarket Media Limited. All rights reserved.

FinanceAsia has updated its subscription model.

Registered readers now have the opportunity to read 5 articles from our award-winning website for free.

To obtain unlimited access to our award-winning exclusive news and analysis, we offer subscription packages, including single user, team (2-10 users), or office-wide licences.

To help you and your colleagues access our proprietary content, please contact us at subscriptions@financeasia.com, or +(852) 2122 5222

Article limit is reached.

Hello! You have used up all of your free articles on FinanceAsia.

To obtain unlimited access to our award-winning exclusive news and analysis, we offer subscription packages, including single user, team (2-10 users), or office-wide licences. To help you and your colleagues access our proprietary content, please contact us at subscriptions@financeasia.com, or +(852) 2122 5222