Front Line Driver Upgraded to Independent CTO and CEO of New Company

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[Abstract] Droplet has set up the R&D team of automatic driving technology from 2016, and has built many professional teams including high-precision map, perception, behavior prediction, planning and control, infrastructure and simulation, data labeling, problem diagnosis, vehicle modification, cloud control and vehicle networking, vehicle-road collaboration, information security and so on.
Tencent News “Front Line” Li Siyi
On August 5, 2019, Droplet Travel announced that its autopilot department had been upgraded to an independent company, focusing on autopilot research and development, product application and related business development. Drop Travel CTO Zhang Bo is also the CEO of the new autopilot company. Meng Xing, former executive director of the fund, is the COO. Jia Zhaoyin and Zheng Jianqiang are the leaders of the R&D teams in the United States and China respectively. All three of them report to Zhang Bo.
The newly established auto-driving company will integrate the resources of drip-drip travel platform and the original technological advantages, continue to increase investment in research and development of core technologies, deepen cooperation with upstream and downstream automobile industry chains, and actively explore with the government and all sectors of society to promote the landing of auto-driving, so as to make future travel safer and more efficient through innovative technology.
It is understood that the top executives and team members of the new drip autopilot company are from well-known companies in the industry such as Apple, Cruise, Google, Microsoft, Uber, Waymo and so on. Among them, Meng Xing has served Shunwei Fund and participated in a number of unmanned investment projects. As a successive entrepreneur, Meng Xing has successfully founded a number of star companies in the field of artificial intelligence. Meng Xing holds a Bachelor of Applied Mathematics and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from Sloan Business School, MIT.
As for the head of the R&D team, Jia Zhaoyin holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He joined Droplet in 2017 and worked in the core team of Google Autopilot. His main research direction is in the field of Unmanned Driver Perception, focusing on computer vision and robotics technology. Zheng Jianqiang has a master’s degree in computer science and technology from Zhejiang University. He joined the company in 2016. He worked in Baidu Infrastructure Department for seven years. He is responsible for the construction of private cloud and infrastructure services in Baidu, including distributed storage system, distributed computing system and cluster resource scheduling system.
“The new company hopes to further open up strategic cooperation with automotive main engine factories and industry partners, promote the commercialization of driverless technology, and truly become products and services into everyone’s life,” said Zhang Bo, CTO and CEO of the new company. Droplet will also gradually apply the understanding and experience of safe operation accumulated in making an online appointment car to the operation of unmanned driving, and explore the safety practice criteria of automatic driving operation with the government and relevant parties.
Cheng Wei, chairman and CEO of Drip Travel, said: “Auto-driving will greatly improve travel safety and efficiency, and help the city develop more intelligently and sustainably. Science and technology serve people. In the future, there must be people driving with good temperature service and automatic driving with high efficiency and safety to meet the travel needs of users in different scenarios. Science and technology and services will be better integrated here.
According to the official information of Droplet, Droplet has set up the R&D team of automatic driving technology from 2016. It has built many professional teams, such as high-precision map, perception, behavior prediction, planning and control, infrastructure and simulation, data labeling, problem diagnosis, vehicle refitting, cloud control and vehicle networking, vehicle-road collaboration, information security and so on. At present, the team has developed and tested more than 200 people in China and the United States.