GAC Aion, the new energy vehicle brand of GAC Group, announced on May 17 that it has entered into strategic cooperation with the autonomous driving division of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing to jointly build driverless new energy vehicles.

The two sides will explore joint ventures and cooperation models in the field of intelligent vehicles, utilizing 's self-driving vehicle platform and vehicle design and manufacturing capabilities with Didi's self-driving software and hardware technology development advantages, according to a statement.

The two will work together to develop a new driverless new energy model that can be put into scale application from the basic dimensions of wire-controlled chassis, autonomous driving sensors and system integration, and push ahead with mass production at full speed, the statement said.

"The development of driverless technology will drive the full arrival of the shared mobility era. GAC Aion's cooperation with Didi has important industrial significance and broad market prospects," Gu Huinan, general manager of GAC Aion said.

GAC Aion was founded in 2017, and in 2020, the brand mass-produced and delivered the Aion LX, the world's first L3 self-driving model, and the Aion V, the world's first 5G vehicle, and will be the first to launch an L4 model in 2022.

Didi began autonomous driving development in 2016. And in August 2019, Didi upgraded its autonomous driving division to an independent company.

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