Uber eyes smaller Chinese cities
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.