Didi Chuxing to allow app users to access rival services
Didi Chuxing, China’s biggest ride-hailing provider, will allow users of its smartphone app to access services provided by apps of three domestic automakers and others.
Didi said in a statement it has opened its ride-hailing platform to third parties including those of FAW Group, Dongfeng Motor and Guangzhou Automobile Group. Passengers can order ride-hailing services from FAW, Dongfeng and GAC from Didi's app, which has 550 million registered users in China.
The move accelerates a trend in China where automakers are launching their own ride-hailing services, while ride-hailers such as Didi are teaming up with automakers to ultimately develop purpose-built vehicles for their services.
Didi will leverage its strength in artificial intelligence, operational expertise and marketplace strategies to help partners build capacities for connected vehicle operations.