Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing has acquired a permit from the state of California to test fully driverless cars on public roads, and that has left many Americans wondering who or what Didi Chuxing is.
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In addition to the ride-hailing side of its business, Didi is heavily invested in artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicle development. Its successful effort to secure a self-driving car testing permit from California puts it much closer to its goals of having functional autonomous vehicles and gives it a small foothold in the American market.
California's move to allowwas met with some criticism after in March in which a pedestrian was struck and killed on an unlit street.
In addition to Didi Chuxing, other Chinese companies such as Baidu have acquired the necessary permits to test in California.