Didi Chuxing is the major Chinese ride-sharing company, providing transportation services for more than 450 million users across over 400 cities in China. It provides services including taxi hailing, private car-hailing, and bike-sharing to users in China via its smartphone application. Didi Chuxing is now working on a new project to improve Chinese urban transport.
By harnessing data generated by its platform compiles roughly 25 million rides per day, Didi has unveiled an integrated solution for smart traffic management. The Didi Smart Transportation Brain is a project designed to help improve traffic efficiency through infrastructure design know-how and traffic flow measurement. The Didi Smart Transportation Brain has been adopted by more than 20 Chinese cities. The secret of this project is the use of sophisticated AI that’s able to crunch and interpret troves of data, harmonizing traffic in real time.
In Jinan, the capital city of Shandong Province, Smart Traffic Signals have been installed in 344 intersections, saving more than 30,000 hours of travel time for local commuters. As a result, average traffic delays have been shortened by 10% to 20%.
“There is a chance for us to lead the world’s next transport revolution in China,” said Cheng Wei, co-founder and chief executive of the Beijing-based Didi Chuxing. According to Cheng, Didi wants to become a smart transport solution provider by connecting people, cars, roads and traffic lights.
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 essential components of our traffic system. By making use of Didi’s Big Data capabilities, the Smart Transportation Brain will continue to evolve by providing an increasingly advanced solution for urban traffic problems.”
Looking ahead, the company will collect data from other operators through stipulated agreements with seven international ridesharing leaders. The global network now reaches over 60% of the world’s population and covers over 1000 cities.
Given its reach, Didi Chuxing is collaborating with local governments to find the best solution for transport and, as mentioned by Liu Xidi, head of the public transport division, “We want to create value for cities first”.