Based on the Internet, China’s shared economy has also made great strides in recent years. Besides shared bikes and shared cars, where the vehicles on the road are provided by companies, individual people can also share their redundant resources online for profit.
Xiao Ma (not his real name) works in a state-owned enterprise in Beijing. As his company is more than 25 km from his home, he drives his car on workdays. Early this year, he registered his car on the Didi Shunfengche app to provide a car-riding service. Now, when he goes to work in the morning and goes back home after work in the afternoon, he opens the app and can find riding orders.
“I just drive along my ordinary route every day, and pick up my passengers on the way. I do not need to deviate,” said Xiao.
The app can analyze orders and send them to different drivers according to their preset routes. While taking Shunfengche vehicles, passengers only pay about half of the normal taxi fare for the same distance.
“My car has four vacant seats so if I use it all by myself it’s a waste of resources,” said Xiao. “Why not share these seats with other people? At least I can earn back my fuel expenditure.”
According to CNNIC, China’s shared economy is in a rapid expansion period, with 639 million car hiring service app users (including users of taxi hailing apps, express cars hailing apps and luxury car hailing apps), and 106 million shared bike app users.
Other apps such as Guazi, where users can sell their used cars, and Zhuanzhua, where people can sell their used cellphones, are also on the rise.