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Didi sets sights on China's first robotaxi service in Shanghai

Ride hailer taps app data in driverless race against Baidu's Apollo project

Didi Chuxing showcases its self-driving taxi at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference Friday in Shanghai. (Photo by Shunsuke Tabeta)

SHANGHAI -- Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing startup, will bring driverless taxis to Shanghai, the company announced Friday, with service to begin as soon as within the year.

"Didi has the potential to become the first business to realize large-scale robotaxi service in China," Zhang Bo, Didi's chief technology officer, said at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai.

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