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Didi closes over $5.5b record funding
    2017-May-2  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Han Ximin

ximhan@126.com

RIDE-HAILING giant Didi Chuxing raised more than US$5.5 billion from investors, scoring the largest round of funding ever for a technology company to support its global strategy and continued investment in AI-based technologies.

Didi, which drove Uber Technologies out of China last year, is already one of the country’s best-funded private companies: its backers range from State companies to global venture firms and WeChat-operator Tencent Holdings.

The latest financing, which Didi disclosed Friday, may propel forays into everything from artificial intelligence to auto-financing — and potentially markets beyond its home territory.

Didi, led by the 33-year-old Cheng Wei, didn’t reveal the backers who joined this round.

Didi amassed US$10 billion in cash and equivalents last year, but the deal yields more ammunition as it prepares to challenge Uber and Alphabet in automated driving, and buys the company time to carve out new revenue streams.

Building on its competitive AI-based analytic capabilities, Didi said it is working towards systemic breakthroughs in intelligent driving technologies and smart transportation architecture.

With this new investment, it plans to continue to work with communities and partners around the world to provide more innovative mobility services, and to expand smart urban transportation programs as part of its efforts to build an efficient and sustainable global mobility ecosystem.

Having cornered the market for on-demand cars and taxis, Didi is branching out into bus services and bikes. On the global front, the company has formed an alliance with Grab in Southeast Asia and Ola in India, to thwart Uber in those regions.

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