China's Burgeoning Ride-Hailing Industry

Source:  Didi RoboTaxis

Industry Leader in China - Didi Chuxing
China's ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has launched a test program for its RoboTaxi services on the streets of Shanghai. The tests started this weekend after the company installed V2X or Vehicle to Everything hardware throughout the area.  V2X enables the robotaxis to communicate with their surroundings and provides an extra layer of safety.  Didi Chuxing is a ride-hailing giant with financial backing from SoftBank.

Free, On Demand Rides
As part of the test program, customers can hail a free, on demand ride on Didi's robotaxis within designated areas of Shanghai.  Along for the ride are human safety drivers, should there be an autonomous issue. Didi is using Volvo, Lincoln and BYD models retrofitted with Didi's autonomous driving system for the testing. 

China's RoboTaxis
Elsewhere in China, Baidu is offering robotaxi rides in Changsha. And WeRide, backed by Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, is testing robotaxis in Guangzhou.  Ride hailing a robotaxi is moving speeding ahead in China.

Robot Resources
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