BEIJING–()–Didi Chuxing (“DiDi”), the world's leading mobile transportation platform, shared its latest developments in AI technology applications with students, engineers and academic and industry partners, at the DiDi Tech Day in Beijing on Thursday.

At the event, DiDi’s tech executives, led by Bob Zhang Bo, Chief Technology Officer, shared details of breakthroughs in the company’s popular Express Pool service. When machine learning algorithms deliver a good user experience, carpooling is the most effective mobility option for drivers to increase their income, for passengers to reduce costs, and for cities to enjoy a high level of efficiency in the transportation system. Operating across more 100 cities in China, Express Pool now accounts for over 20% of all trips in many core markets.

DiDi also debuted two pilot projects slated for street testing, its indoor augmented reality (AR) navigation and a driver voice assistant. The interactive, app-based AR navigation service, which is built on computer vision positioning and 3D scene reconstruction technology, can help passengers seamlessly navigate through large buildings, such as airports, train stations and malls, to reach a vehicle pick-up location.

The driver voice assistant, which is voice activated via an in-vehicle smart device, is designed to provide a full spectrum of services ranging from audio and video content search, information inquiry and temperature adjustment, to passenger communications, customer service, and even refuel, recharging or repair services.

During the event, DiDi also announced the launch of its AI for Social Good project in conjunction with more than 10 founding partners.

DiDi believes that as we develop more powerful AI capabilities, tech companies need to work more closely with communities to fully understand AI’s social impacts and to reinforce its social commitments. Tech Day 2018 marked the launch of DiDi’s AI for Social Good Initiative. Together with 10 founding partners, DiDi will seek joint technological and social solutions to environmental, safety, health and accessibility challenges.

The 10 founding partners to the DiDi AI for Social Good initiative, include:

CCF – DiDi Big Data Joint Lab
China Cultural Information Service Center for the Visually Impaired
China Research Center of Information and Accessibility for Disability
IEEE China
Information Center of China Disabled Persons’ Federation
National Engineering Laboratory for Big Data Analysis and Technique
Research Center for Ubiquitous Computing Systems of Institute of Computing Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences
School of Environment, Tsinghua University
Shenzhen Information Accessibility Research Association
Special Education College of Beijing Union University

About DiDi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing (“DiDi”) is the world’s leading mobile transportation platform. The company offers a full range of app-based transportation options for 550 million users, including Taxi, Express, Premier, Luxe, Hitch, Bus, Minibus, Designated Driving, Enterprise Solutions, Bike Sharing, E-bike Sharing, Car Sharing and food delivery. Daily rides have reached 30 million, allowing over 30 million drivers on the DiDi platform to find flexible work and income opportunities.

DiDi is committed to collaborating with cities, the taxi industry and communities to solve the world’s transportation, environmental, and employment challenges with smart transportation innovations. The company is working with a growing alliance of car industry players to build out an auto-solution and operation platform.

Globally, DiDi is in a partnership network with Grab, Lyft, Ola, Uber, 99, Taxify, and Careem, reaching over 80% of the world’s population and covering more than 1,000 cities. In 2018, DiDi launched its own-branded mobility services in Mexico and Australia, and a joint venture with SoftBank Corp. to offer taxi-hailing service in Japan. By continuously improving the user experience and creating social value, DiDi strives to build an open, efficient, and sustainable transportation ecosystem.

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