Lyft hopes to gain mar­ket through al­liance with Didi

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By MENGJING mengjing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Lyft Inc, the on­line ride-hail­ing and shar­ing ser­vice provider, is look­ing to lev­er­age its al­liance with China’s largest player in the fast-ex­pand­ing sec­tor, in an ef­fort to be­come a dom­i­nant force in the United States within two years.

John Zim­mer, pres­i­dent and co-founder of the San Fran­cisco-based com­pany, said in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day that Lyft is ag­gres­sively gain­ing mar­ket share from Uber Tech­nolo­gies Inc, theUS’ big­gest ride-hail­ing op­er­a­tor.

“We aim to gain a ma­jor­ity share of the US mar­ket in the near term,” he said in an in­ter­view held at the of­fice build­ing of China’s Didi Kuaidi, which in­vested $100 mil­lion in Lyft in Septem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to Lyft’s lat­est sta­tis­tics, it now com­pletes 7 mil­lion rides per month in more than 190 cities in the US. Zim­mer said he ex­pects the com­pany’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Didi Kuaidi to give a strong boost to do­mes­ti­cUS push.

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