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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Didi Chuxing 'May Help Traffic Jams Go the Way of the Flip Phone'

Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu has been named one of TIME's 2017 most influential people, and Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote an excerpt about her for the magazine.

In it, Cook calls Liu a "disrupter" for building a transportation platform that offers "convenience and flexibility" to millions of commuters. He lauds Didi Chuxing's work on algorithms that improve traffic, saying the technology could eliminate traffic jams in the future.

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.

In over 400 cities across China, Jean has also built a company that is dedicated to serving the community around it. Guiding Didi to this higher purpose, and giving back to the places where it does business, she shares my belief that companies can and should measure themselves by more than just the bottom line.
Apple CEO Tim Cook met Jean Liu in 2016 after Apple invested $1 billion in the ride-sharing company. Following its investment, Apple was given a Didi Chuxing board seat, held by Adrian Perica, Apple's head of mergers and acquisitions.

Apple's Didi Chuxing investment provides Apple with access to data and expertise on both electric and autonomous car technology, a useful resource as Apple works to develop a self-driving car software platform.



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1 week ago
Not if it’s using Apple Maps and Siri it won’t. Not by a long shot.
Rating: 15 Votes
1 week ago
No praise for the true innovators Tesla, Uber, Lyft, etc.?
Rating: 14 Votes
1 week ago
Flip phones will still be around during the 23rd century.
Rating: 12 Votes
1 week ago

No praise for the true innovators Tesla, Uber, Lyft, etc.?

Yea thats odd... But Timmy loves China, im not surprised.
Rating: 7 Votes
1 week ago
Flip phone. Apple is a great company but they have long sold this nation out.
Rating: 7 Votes
1 week ago

No praise for the true innovators Tesla, Uber, Lyft, etc.?


Didi books 4x more rides every day than Uber and Lyft combined
https://www.recode.net/2016/6/1/11835620/didi-booking-china-apple
Rating: 6 Votes
1 week ago

No praise for the true innovators Tesla, Uber, Lyft, etc.?


Founded by the wrong gender.
Rating: 6 Votes
1 week ago
And Apple may go the way of Nokia!

You know, Nokia, the Leading phone maker that was "untouchable"
Rating: 6 Votes
1 week ago

Founded by the wrong gender.

I don't think that's it as she is not the founder or current CEO.

Cheng [Wei] was little known outside China, preferring to let the company’s English-speaking president, Jean Liu, a former Goldman Sachs managing director, serve as its public face




And Cook is a globalist, I don't think he cares just about America.
Rating: 5 Votes
1 week ago

algorithms that improve traffic, saying the technology could eliminate traffic jams in the future.

I find this stuff to be really interesting, and I would like to see it in action. I question the ability to eliminate traffic Jams though. Maybe reduce.
Rating: 5 Votes

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