Volvo Is Partnering With DiDi Chuxing’s Autonomous Driving Division To Build Self-Driving Vehi
Volvo and DiDi Chungxing’s Autonomous Driving division both announced on Monday (19 April) that they will be partnering to develop a fleet of self-driving vehicles. Their end goal is to see these vehicles eventually be driverless robotaxis.
If you don’t know what DiDi is, it is a Chinese Uber competitor that has about 550 million users along with tens of millions of drivers working with them. DiDi will be providing its self-driving hardware platform called Gemini, which will be deployed into Volvo’s XC90 SUV series.
“In expanding partnerships with global automotive industry leaders, we believe shared, electric and autonomous vehicle networks will be crucial for future urban transport systems to achieve the highest safety and sustainability standards,” Bob Zhang, CEO of DiDi Autonomous Driving and CTO of DiDi Chuxing, said in a statement.
Back in 2020, Volvo had already provided its smaller XC60 SUVs for DiDi’s robotaxi pilot program in Shanghai. The fleet was tested in certain areas of Shanghai with a safety driver in the driver’s seat while the vehicles drove themselves. Apparently, Uber was also involved in a self-driving car pilot program with Volvo, back in 2019. However, Uber decided to pull out of the program after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a woman in Arizona, U.S.A.
With that said, there are still no news on the technical capabilities of DiDi and Volvo’s new self-driving cars, but we hope to see them up and running soon!
Would you ride a self-driving robotaxi in the future?