DiDi introduces Smart Transportation Brain traffic management platform


The world’s largest one-stop mobile transportation platform, DiDi Chuxing, together with Chinese traffic management authorities, has launched an integrated system for smart city traffic management, named the DiDi Smart Transportation Brain.

Headquartered in Beijing, Didi Chuxing offers a full range of app-based transportation options for over 450 million users, including taxi, bus, minibus, car rental, car hailing, bike-sharing, and rideshare options.

DiDi has created investment and technology partnerships with seven international rideshare leaders, including Grab, Lyft, Ola, Uber, 99, Taxify, and Careem, forming a global network that reaches over 60% of the world’s population and covers over 1,000 cities.

The company is committed to working with communities and partners to solve the world’s transportation, environmental and employment challenges. DiDi uses its big data-driven artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to promote the transformation and upgrading of the taxi and bus industries, and help cities develop sustainable smart transportation ecosystems.

The DiDi Smart Transportation Brain has been adopted by more than 20 Chinese cities and is guided by three principal conceptual features: Discover, Decide, and Deploy. Integrating the company’s robust anonymized traffic data, as well as data resources from local government and business partners, the system facilitates real-time data analysis using cloud computing and AI-based technologies to provide cities with a range of transportation infrastructure improvements, including traffic flow measurements, ‘Smart Traffic Signals’, reversible lanes, and traffic management programs for maintenance scheduling and system assessments.

In Jinan, the capital city of Shandong province, Smart Traffic Signals have been installed at 344 road intersections, saving more than 30,000 hours of travel time for local commuters, or annual savings of over 11.5 million hours. As a result, average traffic delays have been shortened by 10% to 20%. In total, DiDi has introduced Smart Traffic Signals on over 1,200 intersections across China.

“Over the past five years, transportation has rapidly come online around the world. In China, 80% of taxi drivers pick up riders using our platform,” noted Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of Didi Chuxing. “With smart transportation core to DiDi’s strategy, we are closely engaged with the physical offline aspect, bringing a unique offering to cities.”

DiDi CTO Zhang Bo added, “We are committed to becoming a provider of smart transportation services, as we view people, vehicles and traffic lights as the essential components of our traffic system. By making use of our big data capabilities, the Smart Transportation Brain will continue evolving to upgrade the integrated solution for urban traffic problems.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).