DiDi is China’s major internet platform for shared travel, with a record of 550 million passengers and 10 billion trips. In cooperation with BYD cars in Shanghai, DiDi has now launched the D1 electric car whose conveniences are based on the experience of the company on shared travel. It is sold exclusively to registered online drivers, not to individual customers. Apart from improvements for the drivers, passengers can use remote control from their mobile phone to adjust temperature, air conditioner and other features in the car in advance before boarding. The D1 is equipped with the AEB system, an automatic brake when there is an obstacle on the road.
CHENG Wei, founder and CEO of DiDi, projects that by 2025 more than one million shared cars will be linked on the company’s online platform, and by 2030, the cockpits will have been removed resulting in fully driverless shared cars.