Didi Chuxing, the Chinese rival of Uber has opened a new research lab in the US. The new US-based center is bound to help the company expand its catchment pool when it comes to autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence technology. Nevertheless, the company did not yet indicate its service expansion into North America.
The research center is not new. Back in September, Didi Chuxing hired some experienced security specialists to form the US, namely Zheng Bu and Dr. Fengmin Gong. They were designated to lead the new center which works with another Chinese facility which was opened in 2015. Dr. Gong is bound to lead the company based in Mountain View.
The team will include many researchers, but also the former Uber scientist Charlie Miller. Back in 2015, Miller became famous when he hacked the vehicle of a journalist from a laptop ten miles away. This was a prepared stunt to prove that there exist certain flaws in the automotive industry. Here, Miller has a similar job to the one he had back at Uber.
His abandonment is significant since it seems to be the first important purchase that Didi Chuxing made from Uber. Thus, the company will receive some insights regarding the self-driving technology of Uber. We need to face the fact that Uber made an impressive push in this industry. Didi Chuxing is bound to become its number one competitor.
Didi is prone to impact Sillicon Valley by developing a partnership with Udacity to design autonomous vehicles. Both companies announced a joint competition, inviting other tech giants to build an Automated Safety and Awareness Processing Stack (ASAPS) to boost driving safety for both autonomous and manual cars.
In the end, they will choose five finalists who will have the chance to compete for the $100,000 grand prize. What is more, the winner will also be granted the opportunity to work closer with Udacity and Didi Chuxing on several automotive projects. Probably, shortly, Lyft and Uber will be the leading companies in the autonomous vehicle industry. Nevertheless, Didi does not seem to back down.
This Chinese company is gradually flourishing, developing into a future Mecca of the autonomous industry. In August 2016, this company purchased the Chinese assets of Uber, gaining recognition in the US.
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