NEVS, former owner or the Saab brand, has formed a strategic partnership with mobility service provider DiDi Chuxing to develop an EV that’s optimized for a self-driving, on-demand mobility service. The first vehicle used in the cooperation will be the NEVS 9-3.
DiDi Chuxing, which acquired Uber China in August 2016, offers a range of mobility options for around 400 million users. The company says it provides as many as 20 million rides per day, and has predicted that there will be more than a million EVs operated on its platform in 2020.
DiDi is building a cloud platform to integrate anonymized data from vehicle sensors with pick-up and drop-off data, which it hopes to use to balance transportation supply and demand efficiently, and reduce congestion.
“Now we have a platform and the right partner to realize a fantastic journey to make our vision come true,” said NEVS CEO Stefan Tilk. “With DiDi actively taking part in the design and development phase, we will make sure that the vehicles will be fully adapted for the needs of our customer.”