Didi restarts hitch ser­vice, adds con­di­tions

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Didi Chux­ing re­sumed its “hitch” ser­vice on May 19, with new func­tions added to im­prove safety, but cus­tomers have com­plained that fewer ser­vices are pro­vided. The car-hail­ing com­pany’s hitch ser­vice had been sus­pended since May 12, after the killing of a 21-year-old flight at­ten­dant. She was killed by a Didi driver on May 6 in He­nan prov­ince. The pickup was ar­ranged via mo­bile app, con­nect­ing pas­sen­gers to pri­vate cars head­ing in the same di­rec­tion. The com­pany re­designed its app to en­sure safety, while sus­pend­ing the hitch ser­vice be­tween 10 pm and 6 am. The app’s so­cial­iza­tion fea­tures, which al­lowed driv­ers and pas­sen­gers to post com­ments and tags about each other, have also been shut down to avoid vul­gar de­scrip­tions of fe­male pas­sen­gers, which oc­curred in the past.

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