WeChat parent-company Tencent recently purchased the ‘Didi Dache’ taxi-hailing app, and have quickly added the app’s functionality to their omnipresent WeChat messaging program. Welcome to the future, where you can hail a cab and pay the driver all via your smartphone.
The service is, so far, only available in Beijing, but will (hopefully) be expanding quickly. TechInAsia covered the specifics, and they report:
When users press the “My Bank Card” button under the “Discover” section of WeChat, an option to book a cab appears.
Users then enter their destination and press a button to hail a cab. After a driver accepts the offer, the user notifies the app that they’re in the vehicle, and proceeds to confirm the monetary transaction through WeChat Payments.
The WeChat app can be used for hailing cabs, buying movie tickets, purchasing goods online, sending emoticons, and ultimately eliminating the need to ever have a face-to-face interaction with another human being for the rest of your life.