Uber eyes smaller Chi­nese cities

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Un­daunted by ride-hail­ing app Didi’s dom­i­nance in the Chi­nese mar­ket, Uber sees po­ten­tial to chip away at the com­pany’s vir­tual mo­nop­oly out­side first-tier cities.

Uber said its ride-hail­ing ser­vice in He­fei, pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of East China’s An­hui Prov­ince, grew by over 30 per­cent daily since launch­ing in March, the fastest up­take rate the com­pany has seen in about 400 cities around the world where it op­er­ates. Uber now ac­counts for more than 50 per­cent of ride-hail­ing ser­vice in the city.

UberPool, which al­lows driv­ers to pick up more than one pay­ing pas­sen­gers at a time, was launched last year to com­pete di­rectly with Didi in rideshar­ing ser­vices.

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