Two major companies in China have joined forces to design, develop and build the world’s first electric vehicle designed for the purpose of ride-sharing services called D1.
The D1 was developed in cooperation between Didi Chuxing – the largest ride-hailing company in China that defeated Uber in 2016 – and BYD – one of the leading electric vehicle manufacturers.
The D1 has a range of 418 km, and the two companies have also illustrated some of the more interesting design cues that make this vehicle particularly suitable for application-based ride-sharing services.
Chinese ride-hailing company Didi has teamed up with BYD to produce an electric-powered MPV. Called the D1, the 4390mm long, five-seater is set to be sold exclusively to Didi registered operators. It uses a 136bhp e-motor and Li-ion battery from Chongqing Fudi@BYDCompany #Didi pic.twitter.com/ChMbTEooo4— Greg Kable (@GregKable) November 16, 2020
There is a medium-sized screen within the dashboard, as well as two additional touch screens in the back of the head restraints for passengers to access navigation options and other information.
There is another smaller screen behind the steering wheel to display the tools, and the car comes with sliding doors to prevent passengers from accidentally hitting passengers or cyclists.
The driver’s seat is very comfortable for long use, and there is extra legroom in the back seat.
The D1 comes with a Level 2 Driver Assistance System that includes lane departure warning, automatic braking, and pedestrian collision warning.
There is also a driver monitoring system; To ensure drivers keep their hands on the wheel, and keep their focus on the road.
The car also includes a steering wheel monitoring system with safety alerts and response functions, and an artificial intelligence audio and video monitoring and analysis system that uses Didi Chuxing’s object and face recognition technology.
The five-seat car features a 136 hp (100 kW) electric motor and a lithium-ion battery from the BYD factories.
The two companies began working together on the car design project two years ago.
Didi Chuxing is one of the largest taxi operators in the world, and claims to serve 10 billion rides annually, while BYD is one of the leading manufacturers in China of electric vehicles.
Didi Chuxing says it used data collected from 550 million registered passengers and 31 million drivers to design the D1, and today it has about 1 million electric cars across its platform.
To ensure reliable and cost-effective supply to its driver network, which today provides up to 60 million trips per day, the company is building a deeper automotive ecosystem for its core mobility service by creating a broad alliance with manufacturers, energy providers, and other actors in the industry. Industry.
Shared mobility is the ideal solution for the future of transportation, so that people can enjoy a better travel experience through participatory mobility, in light of the continuous development of autonomous driving and artificial intelligence technology.