Chinese Ride-Sharing Giant Uses Data To Ease Road Congestion

Chinese Ride-Sharing Giant Uses Data To Ease Road Congestion
Automotive

Didi Chuxing is tweaking the timing of connected traffic lights to improve road traffic in a big way

Weronika Jurkiewicz
  • 10 may 2017

Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing partnered up with the government authorities to ease traffic congestion. The pilot program launched in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province located in Eastern part of the country, with a population of more than seven million.

The initial trial was set up on Jinshi Road, one of the most heavily congested in the city. Data gathered from Didi Chuxing’s drivers powered smart traffic lights which were equipped with special sensors that synced the lights in real time depending on the flow of the vehicles. By analysing data from the army of Didi’s drivers, the system could predict when and where the traffic is likely to form, tweaking the light pattern in order to ensure a smoother driving experience.

Congestion during rush hours dropped by almost 11 percent, according to the company’s data. The program was deemed a success by the city’s authorities who are now looking to install more smart lights in the city.

Didi Chuxing provides services for 400 million users in over 400 Chinese cities and is the undisputed leader in the local market, with 94.6 percent of the market share. Last year the company merged its operations with Uber China in a $30 billion deal. Each day the company amasses 2,000 terabytes of information which could complement urban planning efforts.

In TIME’s list of 2017 Most Influential People, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO wrote about Didi Chuxing’s President Jean Liu: “She and her team are succeeding with innovative, big-data algorithms that aim both to improve the efficiency of Didi’s service and to ease the congestion on roadways. By analyzing commuter patterns the way oceanographers track the tides, Didi may help traffic jams go the way of the flip phone.”

Didi Chuxing

Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing partnered up with the government authorities to ease traffic congestion. The pilot program launched in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province located in Eastern part of the country, with a population of more than seven million.

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