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BAIC and Didi Kuaidi team up for smart technologies

BEIJING – Didi Kuaidi Co., a merger of China’s two most popular taxi-hailing applications, said on June 4 that it will collaborate with BAIC Group on smart technologies and new energy vehicles, reported Shanghai Daily.

Under the agreement, the two parties will begin profound cooperation in autonomous driving, new energy vehicles, telematics and corporate vehicle use.

The strategic agreement will help the two partners leverage big data capabilities and car manufacturing resources to collaborate further in other areas, including car sales and aftersales service.

“Didi Kuaidi’s capability to analyze commuters’ data can be of great help for BAIC’s move into smart vehicles and connected cars and new initiatives using the Internet,” BAIC chairman Xu Heyi said in a statement.

Didi Kuaidi will also offer a corporate service for BAIC’s employees to access taxis and limousines easily from their smart phone apps.

More than 1,000 firms have opened corporate accounts on Didi Kuaidi.

Since the merger in February, Didi Kuaidi has been expanding its offerings, including launching limousine and carpooling services.

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