Under a deal the two companies signed this week, Valeo will invest in Didi’s autonomous driving arm and collaborate with the unit to develop the safety technology, Didi said.
A key part of the technology is a set of “cost effective” hardware and software known as the Automated Safety Pilot, which will complement the main navigation system of an L4 robotaxi.
The Automated Safety Pilot will be able to take over and control the robotaxi when its main navigation system encounters a sudden failure. Didi did not disclose the investment Valeo will make in its autonomous driving unit.
Didi is accelerating efforts to develop and commercialize robotaxis this year.
In April, it announced a plan to introduce the first mass-produced robotaxi under its ride-hailing platform in 2025.
On May 10, it signed GAC AION New Energy Automobile, the electric-vehicle subsidiary of GAC Motor, to mass produce its L4 robotaxis.
Valeo ranks No. 11 on the Automotive News Europe list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of $16.7 billion in 2021.