Former Uber China executive Luo Gang joins Jidu, and the first electric car may be on the market in three years

publish_time: 2021.03.19

          t is understood that Luo Gang has served as an executive in the field of transportation for many years, and he has both management and Internet thinking.

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         According to media reports on March 18, Luo Gang, the former CEO of Airbus China Innovation Center, has confirmed to join Jidu Automobile. In this regard, Baidu has not yet clearly responded.


        It is understood that Luo Gang has served as an executive in the field of transportation for many years, and he has both management and Internet thinking. Luo Gang once served as the head of the Southern Region at Uber China, and spent the past three years in charge of building the Uber China business system. After Uber China was acquired by Didi in 2016, he worked in the aftermarket department of Didi.


In 2017, Luo Gang joined Airbus China. During his tenure, he led the launch of Airbus China Innovation Center in Shenzhen, which was also the first innovation center established by Airbus in Asia. Previously, it established the A3 Innovation Center in Silicon Valley. This also indicates that technological means are expected to explore and break through the future models and services of civil aviation.


          In January this year, Baidu announced the formation of a smart car company, and Geely Holding Group will become a strategic partner of the new company. On March 2, Jidu Automobile, a joint venture between the two companies, was formally established. Baidu will fully empower the automobile company with core technologies such as artificial intelligence, Apollo autonomous driving, Xiaodu vehicles, and Baidu maps. According to the official explanation, the brand definition of "Jidu" is "Jidu's AI capability".


         The company has a registered capital of 2 billion yuan, and its CEO is Xia Yiping, the former co-founder and CTO of Mobike. Jidu Automobile Company is independent of the parent company system and maintains independent operations. Next, the two parties will cooperate in smart car manufacturing related fields based on Geely's newly developed pure electric architecture-Haohan SEA Intelligent Evolution Experience Architecture.


         In Baidu’s fourth quarter earnings conference call in February, Baidu founder, chairman and CEO Robin Li revealed that the car company is running smoothly. Baidu has recruited a management team with a strong background and is planning to register a brand for a new car. . In addition, he also said that Baidu will launch a new car in 3 years. "Generally, it takes about three years for a new electric vehicle product to be launched, and the timetable for the joint venture company is similar."

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