As Didi Chuxing accelerates its robo-taxi project, passengers will be able to hail self-driving vehicles from its app in a pilot robo-taxi service in Shanghai.
Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of Didi Chuxing, made the announcement at Shanghai’s World Artificial Intelligence Conference, where Didi is showcasing robo-taxi hailing with its autonomous driving fleet on a closed track.
Shanghai government awarded Didi permits to test its AV fleet on August 28. Zhang announced that Didi will deploy 30 different models of L4 autonomous vehicles to provide pilot robo-taxi services in Jiading District of Shanghai.
Given the complex traffic and road conditions in the megacity, Didi will begin the program with a mixed dispatching model, which will combine both autonomous vehicles and human-driving vehicles for the duration of the pilot robo-taxi project.