Lu Xin­jie


ChinAfrica - - Pros & Cons -

The rea­son why e-hail­ing apps have be­come so pop­u­lar is be­cause they op­er­ate on the model of shar­ing econ­omy. Uber, for ex­am­ple, is a ser­vice where cus­tomers can car­pool with oth­ers, cre­at­ing a whole lot of pos­i­tive ex­ter­nal­i­ties - less petrol is used, less harm­ful gases are re­leased into the air and pas­sen­gers save money. Such ser­vice im­proves ve­hi­cleuse ef­fi­ciency and re­duces pas­sen­ger wait­ing time and trans­porta­tion costs. This model should be fur­ther pro­moted to en­cour­age many more pri­vate car driv­ers to join in this shar­ing-econ­omy model, thereby solv­ing the whole is­sue around the price of a car ride. It is un­rea­son­able to con­fine e-hail­ing ser­vice to a high-end niche mar­ket, as it goes against the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of car­pool­ing and shar­ing econ­omy, and will only re­duce the mar­ket de­mand for e-hail­ing ser­vice.

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