DiDi, Continental ink partnership for smart mobility development

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Chinese mobile transportation platform Didi Chuxing signed a strategic cooperation agreement with German transport industry manufacturer Continental on Tuesday to promote intelligent transportation services in China.

The two parties will explore cooperation mainly in the areas of intelligent and connected vehicles (ICV) and customized new energy vehicles, according to a statement from DiDi.

Under the partnership, Continental will provide an intelligently connected head unit for DiDi's first-generation customized shared vehicles.

This is the first time for Continental to provide connected head units for a ride-sharing business, which marks a milestone for Continental's expansion into the future mobility industry.

New energy, ride-sharing, and intelligent driving are paving the way for the development of the automobile and mobility industries while ride-sharing offers new scenarios for consumers to experience automotive products, according to Yang Jun, vice president of Didi Chuxing.

In April, DiDi launched partnerships with 31 auto industry players including FAW, GAC, and BAIC to pool resources and strengths in design, business operations, and after-sales services across the automotive industry chain to develop an integrated car operator platform.

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