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On July 6, Didi travel plans to hire up to 200 employees this year to strengthen its self driving department and speed up the expansion of its self driving taxi service in Shanghai and other regions, according to a report by the company. Meng Xing, chief operating officer of didi travel, said that the automatic driving department would have 500 to 600 employees by the end of this year.
In 2016, Didi began to test water for unmanned driving. In 2017, didi and udacity invited global technicians to challenge the unmanned driving algorithm in Silicon Valley. At the same time, Didi American Research Institute was established for the development of automatic driving and big data technology. Didi has also established the first automatic driving safety escort center in China, which can monitor vehicles and road conditions in real time and assist in giving corresponding instructions. After four years of development, Didi has successively established teams with about 400 R & D personnel in China and the United States, involving high-precision map, behavior prediction of passers-by and vehicle, route planning and control, etc. Previously, according to media reports, Didi spent more than 100 million yuan on automatic driving projects every year.
At present, the vehicle used by didi automatic driving is Volvo XC60 model, and the cost price is more than 300000 yuan. In addition to the vehicle cost, it also carries nearly 20 sensors, including 1 velodyne 64 line lidar, 2 velodyne 16 line lidar, 7 cameras, millimeter wave radar and ultrasonic radar. These devices are even more valuable than the car itself. Meng Xing mentioned that the cost of didi automatic driving vehicle is more than 1 million yuan per vehicle. According to Didi's previously announced target, the platform will have 1 million fully automatic driverless vehicles by 2030, which will be a huge investment.
In order to speed up external financing and solve the funding problem, Didi will be autonomous in 2019. Up to now, Didi has obtained the qualification of road survey in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and California, and has obtained the first batch of manned demonstration application license plates issued by Shanghai. Didi began opening its self-driving service to the public in shanghai in june. Consumers sign up online through Didi App, and then call the self-driving vehicle free of charge in the test area for trial ride. On the day of the launch and CCTV linked live broadcast, Didi autopilot showed the entire 53.6 kilometers of the operation process, including in the rain and night, such as dark light and complex road conditions, the test vehicle can also cope independently. Even though the road ahead is bound to be rough, Didi's drone is determined enough, and founder Cheng Wei says Didi is ready to spend ten years on autopilot,