China’s Uber-slaying ride hailer is now Apple’s new neighbor – by Zoey Chong March 10, 2017 1:13 AM PST

Didi Chuxing last year toppled Uber in China, and now it’s setting up an office in Silicon Valley.

Didi Chuxing

After last year’s Uber acquisition and Apple‘s $1 billion investment, Didi Chuxing has journeyed to the mecca of tech, Silicon Valley.

The Chinese ride hailer officially opened its first US-based research and development lab in Mountain View, California this week, according to a statementreleased on Wednesday.

Helmed by Dr Fengmin Gong, Didi Labs will scour for engineering talents and focus on developing “AI-based security and intelligent driving technologies.” Charlie Miller, an automobile security expert perhaps best known for remotely hacking and controlling a journalist’s car, is also on board as part of the team.