Traffic lights and reversible lanes, China's biggest ride-hailing company is investing heavily in AI to push beyond their current business. Didi Chuxing started by making it easier for Chinese riders to get a ride, now they're pushing towards another challenge: reducing road congestion so customers can arrive to their destinations quickly and easily.
One year after forming a smart traffic unit, Beijing based Didi Chuxing is in talks to export some of this knowhow to Brazil and Australia to help ease traffic jams.
“The Brazil government wants us to help them optimize their traffic lights. Traffic jams there are even worse than in Beijing,” said Bob Zhang Bo, Didi’s co-founder and chief technology officer.
Authorities in the city of Melbourne asked the same thing after Didi launched services in that city in June, but Zhang admits that Didi won’t be in a position to implement a full operational system until it builds up its fleet of cars in those locations.
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