When Uber autonomous car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona on March 18, many businesses put their self-driving assessments on hold. The rush of media releases revealed precisely the number of different organizations trialing for self-driving cars. They include Apple, Tesla, Google, and almost all major automobile manufacturers, computer chip makers like Nvidia, Intel as well as Qualcomm. At the same time, few small tech companies like AImotive, Keolis, Aurora, Argo, Aptiv, Torc, and Navya are also involved in the same.
Someone may wonder why Uber is engaging in with such high-powered engineering firms. Uber argues that it’s simply a ride-sharing platform, which links passengers with independent drivers, and not really a taxi service offering mobility solutions. When Uber succeeds in developing self-driving cars, who’ll be its impartial service provider? The robots themselves?
That might be an existential query for Uber; however, it will not put a stop to the organization from exploiting its privileged place as the app which has the ride-hailing customer. As soon as people need a car to travel somewhere, they call (OK, click) Uber, and not Aptiv or even Keolis, unless, obviously, they are in China. In China, DiDi is the only one particular app which has the car hailing consumer.
Get Me A DiDi
Beijing-based Didi Chuxing or DiDi in short, is China’s top most model which functions similar to Uber. With investors from Alibaba to Tencent, DiDi is the tremendously leading ride-hailing app in China. In the year 2017, DiDi vended an unbelievable amount of rides, that is, about 7.43 billion rides, which are almost double to Uber. Uber finally sold its business in China for a 17.7% stake in DiDi in 2016.
However, DiDi is additionally developing autonomous driverless cars. Its technology partner is an electric car startup known as CHJ Auto. Collectively, they’re working together to develop an all-electric robo-taxi that could possibly transport travelers around China’s crowded megacities with no drivers at all. But that does not suggest existential issues for DiDi; compared with Uber, DiDi does need to pretend to be a simple sharing app. China has standardized the state of ride-hailing providers so they are governed more or less like typical taxis.