Autonomous Driving

Apple-backed Didi Chuxing opens self-driving lab near Cupertino

Didi Chuxing, the leading ride-hailing company in China, has opened an artificial intelligence lab near Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, reports Recode. The lab is located in Mountain View, CA and it will focus on “intelligent driving systems.”

Apple last May invested $1 billion in Didi, which earned it a seat on the company’s board, and given that it’s rumored to be working on its own self-driving system, the location of the new R&D lab—6 miles from Cupertino—is interesting.

Blackberry opens brand new autonomous driving research center in Ottawa, Canada

Following its decision to exit the smartphone hardware business and focus on software, Blackberry today opened a new research and development center in Ottawa, Canada. The facility is dedicated to the development of autonomous driving software. According to Reuters, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the launch.

The facility is being run by Blackberry subsidiary QNX, which makes advanced driver assistance and autonomous vehicle technology used by car makers worldwide.

Where the Apple Car is going

Neil Cybart wrote a detailed analysis of Apple’s seemingly scaled back ambitions for the Apple Car. From building an electric car to now building software for autonomous driving, Cybart looks into why Apple might have changed course.