Volvo Partners with DiDi on self-driving vehicle test fleet
Volvo Cars and DiDi Autonomous Driving, the self-driving technology division of DiDi Chuxing, have signed a strategic collaboration agreement on autonomous vehicles for DiDi’s self-driving test fleet.
Volvo Cars will provide DiDi with XC90 cars equipped with the necessary backup systems for functions such as steering and braking. DiDi will then integrate the additional software and hardware required to make it fully autonomous.
The vehicles will be the first to integrate DiDi Gemini, DiDi Autonomous Driving’s new self-driving hardware platform. This technology is intended to be deployed for ride-hailing in the company’s network in the future.
The safety features and built-in backup systems featured on the XC90s, combined with DiDi Autonomous Driving’s advanced self-driving system, will eventually allow the cars to operate driverless in robotaxi services.
As DiDi continues to expand its autonomous test fleets and scale up its commercial robotaxi operations, Volvo Cars and DiDi Autonomous Driving look to build a long-term partnership.
“This strategic collaboration with DiDi Autonomous Driving is further validation of our ambition to be the partner of choice to the world’s leading ride-hailing companies,” said Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars’ chief executive.
“Combining DiDi’s expanding robotaxi program with our safe cars creates a great match to build trust among consumers for autonomous ride-hailing.”
“DiDi Gemini, our new self-driving hardware platform incorporates critical hardware improvements from our test passenger service operations in Shanghai. With Volvo Cars’ leadership in safety, we look forward to achieving new milestones towards future autonomous transport services,” added Bob Zhang, CEO of DiDi Autonomous Driving and CTO of DiDi Chuxing.
4 May 2021