Based in Beijing and founded in 2012, Didi Chuxing initially focused on the development of a mobile application to better connect taxi drivers and riders. Over time, this service has expanded to include ride-sharing with private vehicle owners and offers a wide array of both intra- and inter-city transportation options. Didi, much like its U.S.-based competitor Uber, has moved quickly and aggressively into self-driving cars, partnering with hardware developers and developing software internally to deploy several prototypes being tested on Chinese roads. Didi also builds infrastructure for electric vehicles, as its network includes over 250,000 EVs and is targeting 1 million by 2020. It will, in part, rely on an extensive partnership with 31 automakers to develop affordable EVs design specifically for ride-hailing.
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