August 5, 2019 / 4:02 AM / a year ago

China's Didi Chuxing launches autonomous driving unit as independent company

Logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters building in Beijing, China August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said on Monday it has launched its autonomous driving unit as an independent company that will focus on research and look to deepen collaboration with automakers.

Didi’s chief technology officer (CTO), Zhang Bo, has been named CEO of the autonomous driving unit.

He will continue to be CTO of the ride-hailing giant.

Reporting by Yilei Sun in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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