Ride-Hailing Giant DiDi Joins China’s Digital Yuan Project
The world’s second-highest-valued unicorn startup has partnered with the Chinese central bank to work on the forthcoming digital yuan. Chinese ride-hailing juggernaut DiDi Chuxing has joined the digital yuan project, a CBDC developed by the People’s Bank of China, or PBoC. According to an announcement DiDi shared with Cointelegraph earlier today, the company has entered into “a strategic partnership” with the Digital Currency Research Institute of the PBoC. Together, DiDi and the PBoC’s think tank will reportedly work to bring the DC/EP solution to the former’s large-scale transportation network, which DiDi also refers to as “the world’s largest one-stop on-demand transportation platform.” The statement reads: “Under PBOC’s overall DCEP strategy and operation timeline, DiDi's DCEP taskforce will design and implement pilot DCEP projects in accordance with rigorous safety, security and governance standards.” Primarily known as the Uber of China, DiDi claims to have 550 million users across Asia, Latin America and Australia. Its services mainly include public transportation and food delivery, while the company’s latest reported plans are to create an autonomous vehicles subsidiary and release more than one million self-driving cars by 2030. Valued at $56 billion, DiDi is the world’s second-highest-valued unicorn startup, according to data from CB Insights. The company is backed by Apple, Tencent and Alibaba, among others. Still no release date for the digital yuan According to the latest reports from China, the digital yuan's development is coming to a conclusion. In late June, the former vice-chair of the PBoC’s National Council for Social Security Fund, Wang Zhongmin, announced that the backend architecture development of China’s CBDC has been completed. Nevertheless, there is still no official launch date for the CDBC despite the pilot test being carried out in various locations including the cities of Shenzhen, Suzhou, Xiongan new area, Chengdu and the future site of the winter Olympics.