Provides Volvo vehicles for Didi’s self-driving taxi fleet, according to a new deal between the two companies.
The Swedish automaker, owned by China’s Geely, the largest private auto maker in China, is supplying the XC90 to Didi’s autonomous technology division.
Diddy said it uses Volvo cars when it launches a commercial automated taxi operation at a later time.
The company has been testing its standalone technology in Shanghai since 2019 as part of a Chinese government-approved trial.
Volvo struck a deal with Uber to deploy a fleet of self-driving taxis by 2019, but that plan was canceled after the Uber XC90 test car hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona in 2017.
However, the Swedish automaker maintained its partnership with the autonomous division of Uber, announcing a joint autonomous version of the Volvo XC90 in 2019.
And last year, under pressure from investors, Uber sold its autonomous division to self-driving startup Aurora.
Volvo says the vehicles it offers to Didi are equipped with backup systems essential for functions such as steering and braking.
These functions, such as automatic emergency braking, were disabled by Uber in the self-driving SUV that killed pedestrians in Arizona in 2017.
Didi is not the only company to use Swedish engineered Volvo vehicles as part of its robotic fleet.
And theAdvertise And Limo, Google’s autonomous driving division, said last year that it would be the exclusive global partner for Volvo and its subsidiary brands Polestar and Lynk & Co.
Volvo also has plans to sell partially automated cars to customers, equipped with LIDAR sensors from the US start-up Luminar.
The automaker said: Its cars are able to drive by themselves across highways without human intervention, and they will start arriving in 2022.
Didi started its ride-sharing business in China in 2012, and acquired $ 1 billion from Apple in 2016.
It entered into fierce competition with Uber over the rapidly growing ride-share transport market in China, and acquired Uber’s Chinese business. Compared to 17.7 percent of Diddy shares and a seat on the company’s board of directors.
Didi has also invested in several Uber competitors, including Lyft, Ola, Grab, Taxify and Careem, and Didi expanded into Mexico in 2018, further sharpening its global rivalry with Uber.