Next week in Beijing, Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache, the popular taxi hailing app companies, will be launching a designated driver service to rival Uber.
According to BuzzFeed, instead of matching you with a driver and his/her car, the app will hail a driver to pick up your car and drive you home.
When a rider pulls up the app, they will be matched with the nearest driver. The driver will then meet them at their car. The drivers, of which 30,000 have already signed up, are equipped with electric scooters in order to cross the city as quickly as possible.
Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache merged in February and have now become the largest transportation company in the country. The designated driver service is reportedly the first of many planned initiatives which include carpooling and shuttle services.
The company intends to use a tiered-pricing model similar to that of their existing services. Drivers will be cheaper before 10:00 p.m., after which prices will increase slightly. A 10 kilometer journey in the early hours of the morning is expected to cost around 99 yuan.
The planed move by Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache is the latest setback for the California based company. A few days ago Uber’s Guangzhou offices were raided by overzealous authorities convinced the company was running an illegal taxi company.
By Dominic Jackson