Didi Chuxing of China is Collaborating with 12 Auto Giants on a Car-Sharing Platform

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Today, Didi Chuxing, a Chinese ride-hailing behemoth, announced that the company had launched a car-sharing platform in collaboration with 12 auto giants that includes Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Geely Auto.

Didi said that the company intends to utilise the firm’s strengths on artificial intelligence and national network in order to help the “entire automotive industry chain.”

The company acquired Uber’s China business in 2016. It said that it aims to create an “open new energy car-sharing system” that allows members to make use of vehicles on demand via an app-based system.

Other members that are involved in the tie-up include Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle, Chery Automobile Group, Hawtai Motor, First Auto Works, Zotye Auto and Kia Motors.

Last month, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance said that it planned to invest as much as $1bn into startups over the coming five years, looking to improve its participation with new mobility technologies.

Nissan and Renault take 40 percent stakes in the fund, while Mitsubishi Motors will hold the remaining 20 percent. Its first deal of the alliance involved Ionic Materials, a battery technology company in the United States.

Today, the senior vice president of connected vehicles and mobility services for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Ogi Redzic, stated: “The potential business and technology opportunities that we will explore with Didi are quite promising. This cooperation fits with the Alliance expansion in vehicle electrification, autonomy, connectivity and new mobility services.”

The general manager for Didi Chuxing’s express mobility group, Chen Ting, stated: “Strategic partnerships with the world’s leading industry players like Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi will enable us to pool our strengths and resources to meet diversified mobility demands and create an open, sharing-based transportation ecosystem, as we innovate vehicles for a future of ridesharing, AI technology and new energy.”

Didi, as well as collaborating with automakers, will also work alongside other rental firms, infrastructure operators, and car-sharing services.