Why invest Apple has a billion dollars a Chinese over competitors? Apparently could definitely a connection with the alleged electric car project of the company are made.
The Wall Street Journal says that the Chinese Uber competitor Didi Chuxing a had a hand “important ally in a key market.” but added also come that Apple could collect important data for the development of self-driving cars on the company.
There would also be advantages for mobile payment services as just Apple Pay.
Ultimately stand Apple with investing but especially companies like the Chinese search engine Baidu and especially the Google mother alphabet over who have invested in both Uber and in technologies for autonomous driving cars.
The information points out that companies like Uber and Didi Chuxing turn have the great interest in autonomous driving cars – after all, they could save the money for drivers.
Actually, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick would want to meet Apple representatives in Cupertino in the last week – whether the investment in the competitor has not changed anything, is unclear.
Since early last year the rumor doing the rounds that Apple is working under the code name “Project Titan” at its own electric car. The rumor was so far however divided on whether it is “only” doing a conventional car or even is one which can completely autonomously, ie driving without a driver. Google works known for some time and completely open to a corresponding project.
Apple CEO Tim Cook had had only announced to invest in Didi Chuxing that Apple “to learn more about certain segments of the Chinese market” wants – and it is also interesting, of course, that Apple is interested just for this segment.