Didi Chuxing, a mobile transportation platform, officially launched its DiDi Labs in Toronto, Canada.
This marks the second major research facility founded by DiDi in North America, following the establishment of DiDi Labs in Mountain View, California, in March 2017.
Since its inception, DiDi Labs in Mountain View has invested in product development and safety technology for DiDi’s international operations in Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan and Greater China.
The new DiDi Labs in Toronto, which will focus on research into intelligent driving and artificial intelligence, will be led by Jun YU, Senior Vice President of DiDi and chair of DiDi’s Product & Design Committee.
DiDi also reached a strategic partnership with the University of Toronto to explore collaborative projects in areas ranging from vehicle connectivity and autonomy, to artificial intelligence and smart transportation.
Didi Chuxing offers a full range of app-based transportation options for 550 million users, including Taxi, Express, Premier, Luxe, Bus, Designated Driving, Enterprise Solutions, Bike Sharing, E-bike Sharing, Car Sharing and food delivery.
The company partners with Grab, Lyft, Ola, Uber, 99, Taxify and Careem in a global ride-hailing network that reaches over 80% of the world’s population across over 1,000 cities. Currently, DiDi provides ride-hailing services in Brazil under the 99 brand, operates DiDi-branded mobility services in Mexico and Australia, and provides taxi-hailing service in Japan through a joint venture.