It’s a big move for the company that as of January has expanded into places like Southeast Asia, India and Brazil through a series of investments in local ride-hail players. But this is one of the first times Didi has expanded its physical footprint outside of China.
Didi has poached hacker Charlie Miller from Uber to lead their security and safety development teams. Miller will report Dr. Fengmin Gong, co-founder of Palo Alto Networks and now Didi's VP of Information Security. Jia Zhaoyin, previously a senior software engineer at Google’s self-driving project Waymo, is now a principal engineer at the company.
The lab is set to focus on intelligent driving systems and AI-based security for transportation.