Didi re­ac­ti­vates ‘hitch-hik­ing’

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - (Xu Lingchao) (Xu Lingchao)

RIDE-HAIL­ING app Didi Chux­ing will par­tially re­ac­ti­vate its “hitch-hik­ing” ser­vice in the city dur­ing night hours from Fri­day.

The ser­vice will be avail­able be­tween 10pm and mid­night as well as 5am to 6am, af­ter Didi sus­pended the ser­vice from 10pm to 6am fol­low­ing a mur­der in early May of a fe­male pas­sen­ger in cen­tral China. Mean­while the com­pany stip­u­lated that pas­sen­gers and driv­ers must be of the same sex.

Didi is also plan­ning to in­tro­duce a new fea­ture which lets pas­sen­gers share their lo­ca­tion in real-time with an emer­gency con­tact. Didi will be mon­i­tor­ing the pas­sen­ger’s lo­ca­tion and says it will act if the trip heads some­where other than the stip­u­lated des­ti­na­tion. The new fea­ture will be tested in sev­eral cities from June 22. Shang­hai is not one of the test cities. Ac­cord­ing to Shang­hai Pub­lic Trans­port Com­pany, 2,000 buses have been equipped with mo­bile pay­ment scan­ners, and all buses will be equipped by the end of Oc­to­ber.

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