The Chinese Uber-killer is moving into US territory

The Chinese Uber-killer is moving into US territory
Ride-hailing apps are duking it out both to be the number one transport service, and to be the first to let people hail self-driving cars. One of those players is Didi Chuxing, the Chinese company that acquired Uber's branch in that country last year, then slowly separated it from the rest of Uber's global operations.

According to a press release from Wednesday, Didi Chuxing is now setting up a base of operations in Silicon Valley. The facility is called DiDi Labs, but unlike what some might expect, it will not focus on developing ride-hailing solutions. The primary mission of the new laboratory will be centered around the development of “AI-based security and intelligent driving technologies”.



What this actually means is that DiDi Labs is moving into Google territory, both figuratively and literally, as the newly created R&D center will be working on intelligent transportation and self-driving cars in Mountain View, California.

The Chinese company claims it doesn't plan on launching its ride-hailing app in the US for now. But, considering it's been testing an English version of its service in China, we have yet to see how things will go from here.

source: Didi Chuxing

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5 Comments

1. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

China is only good at stealing ideas, average chinese people lacks creativity.

4. TerryTerius unregistered

China is doing well at following fast, which is frankly a smart way to quickly make-up ground. But in some ways, China is ahead. From a NYT article on exactly that. - Industry leaders point to a number of areas where China jumped first. Before the online dating app Tinder, people in China used an app called Momo to flirt with nearby singles. Before the Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos discussed using drones to deliver products, Chinese media reported that a local delivery company, S.F. Express, was experimenting with the idea. WeChat offered speedier in-app news articles long before Facebook, developed a walkie-talkie function before WhatsApp, and made major use of QR codes well before Snapchat. Before Venmo became the app for millennials to transfer money in the United States, both young and old in China were investing, reimbursing each other, paying bills,and buying products from stores with smartphone-based digital wallets. - “Quite frankly, the trope that China copies the U.S. hasn’t been true for years, and in mobile it’s the opposite: The U.S. often copies China,” said Ben Thompson, the founder of the tech research firm Stratechery. “For the Facebook Messenger app, for example, the best way to understand their road map is to look at WeChat.” - So... depends on what you're talking about.

2. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

And the award for racist comment of the day goes to...... liberalsnowflake!

3. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Its a known fact that Chinese really are best in copying almost everything.

5. TerryTerius unregistered

As much as I disagree with that dude on virtually evertying, China has been a fast follower for quite some time to be honest. However, that has begun to change in the past decade in certain industries.

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