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The brains behind future mobility?

The brain has already been adopted by 20 Chinese cities and is guided by the three principal features of Discover, Decide and Deploy

Real-time Beijing traffic monitoring on the DiDi transportation platform
Real-time Beijing traffic monitoring on the DiDi transportation platform

Didi Chuxing, the world’s largest mobile transportation platform, together with Chinese traffic management authorities, has launched an integrated solution for smart city traffic management, nicknamed DiDi Smart Transportation Brain.


It has been adopted by more than 20 Chinese cities and is guided by three principal features: Discover, Decide and Deploy.


Integrating DiDi’s robust anonymised traffic data, as well as data resources from local government and business partners, the solution facilitates real-time data leveraging cloud computing and AI-based technologies to provide cities with a range of transportation infrastructure improvements, including traffic flow measurements, smart traffic signals, reversible lanes, and traffic management programmes for maintenance scheduling and system assessments.


In Jinan, the capital city of Shandong Province, smart traffic signals have been installed at 344 road intersections, saving more than 30,000 hours of travel time for local commuters, or an annual savings of over 11.5 million hours. As a result, average traffic delays have been shortened by 10 per cent to 20 per cent In total. DiDi has introduced smart traffic signals on over 1,200 intersections nationwide.


“Over the past five years, transportation has rapidly come online around the world,” said Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of Didi Chuxing. “In China, 80 per cent of Chinese taxi drivers pick up riders using DiDi’s platform. With smart transportation core to DiDi’s strategy, we are closely engaged with the physical offline aspect, bringing a unique offering to cities.”


Zhang Bo, CTO of Didi Chuxing, said: “DiDi is committed to becoming a provider of smart transportation services as we view people, vehicles and traffic lights as the essential components of our traffic system. By making use of DiDi big data capabilities, the Smart Transportation Brain will continue evolving to upgrade the integrated solution for urban traffic problems.”


To support scientific research on transportation, DiDi also expanded its GAIA initiative worldwide earlier this month, providing researchers access to anonymised route data from the DiDi platform.


Didi Chuxing offers a full range of app-based transportation options for over 450 million users, including Taxi, Express, Premier, Luxe, Hitch, Bus, Minibus, Designated Driving, Car Rental, Enterprise Solutions and Bike-Sharing.


With its daily rides reaching up to 25 million, over 21 million drivers and car owners are generating flexible income on DiDi platform. DiDi acquired Uber China in August 2016.


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