Mobile transportation platform Didi Chuxing and Chinese traffic management authorities have jointly launched an integrated solution for smart city traffic management, nicknamed “DiDi Smart Transportation Brain.”
The DiDi Smart Transportation Brain has been adopted by more than 20 Chinese cities and is guided by three principal features: discover, decide and deploy. Integrating Didi’s anonymized traffic data, as well as data resources from local government and business partners, the solution facilitates real-time data leveraging cloud computing and AI-based technologies to provide cities with a range of transportation infrastructure improvements.
These include 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 an annual saving of over 11.5 million hours. As a result, average traffic delays have been shortened by 10-20%. In total, Didi has introduced Smart Traffic Signals in over 1,200 intersections nationwide.
“Over the past five years, transportation has rapidly come online around the world. In China, 80% of Chinese taxi drivers pick up riders using the DiDi platform. With smart transportation core to DiDi's strategy, we are closely engaged with the physical offline aspect, bringing a unique offering to cities,” Didi Chuxing founder and CEO Cheng Wei said.
Didi Chuxing, CTO Zhang Bo, CTO added that the company “is 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 DiDi's big data capabilities, the Smart Transportation Brain will continue evolving to upgrade the integrated solution for urban traffic problems.”
To support scientific research on transportation, Didi Chuxing also expanded its GAIA initiative worldwide earlier this month, providing researchers access to anonymized route data from the DiDi platform.