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Didi is under state investigation of monopoly

The investigation could be the first step in opening the market to smaller players. Original Link

Didi to trial passenger and driver blacklisting feature

Should one party decide to block the other, the driver and passenger will be not matched for 12 months. Original Link

Briefing: Didi to continue suspending carpooling service despite high travel demand nationwide

Didi invited driver and customer representatives to an internal discussion on ride hailing safety, service, and driver management. Original Link

Briefing: Uber is coming back to China to make scooters

Uber has no plans to bring its bike rental scheme to China but it is considering other Asian countries. Original Link

Alibaba denies the rumor that it has lent RMB 60 million to Ofo

Recent advertising methods haven’t seemed to relieve ofo from its stressed financial situation. Original Link

Chinese tech giants burn cash and users are paying for it

Two recent tech scandals serve as cautionary tales for why we need to balance profitability and public goodwill. Original Link

Briefing: Didi Chuxing app slips 52 places to 61st in latest app store ranking

The ride-hailing app was ranked the 9th on Apple’s iOS app store in China on Aug 20th, but slipped to 61st in just 9 days. Original Link

Didi summoned by authorities in ten cities over murder case

“These two vicious incidents that have violated the life and safety of passengers has exposed the gaping operational loopholes of the Didi Chuxing platform,” the Ministry of Transport said. Original Link

Driver for on-demand van service Lalamove accused of sexual harassment

In a recorded phone call, the driver said, “We Lalamove drivers are all flirting with women in this way and it’s none of your business.” Original Link

Autonavi suspends carpooling service as Didi Hitch murder chills China

Didi’s case set its local counterparts on alert for the security risks of their carpooling services. Original Link

Didi tests in-car video and audio recording for passengers’ ride safety

Didi, recently in the swamp of passenger safety concerns, is testing in-car video recording.

Reported by local media iyiou.com (in Chinese), passengers may find an in-app notification asking whether to activate in-car recording for safety protection. According to Didi’s response to iyiou.com, the function is not yet widely used, and not all Didi vehicles are equipped with a device.

Screenshot of Didi’s video recording server notification. The reminder at the bottom reads: [Video] data will be stored encrypted. Drivers have no access to the content. In any case of service disputes, the video stored may be used as a reference.

Didi told TechNode that the recording trial started from the beginning of this year. Some vehicles in 5 pilot cities including Shenzhen and Nanjing are adopting the recording solution as the government’s compulsory demand. Further future plans are still under the company’s internal discussion. The use of recording devices is also likely to provide evidence for regular service disputes.

“Due to privacy concerns, the recording function will only be activated once a passenger confirms from their app. They can end it anytime during her ride,” Didi explained to us.

Prior to the video recording test, Didi made several safety upgrades to alleviate users’ safety anxiety. The company shut down its hitch service from May 12 to May 19, after a 21-year-old female passenger were killed by a driver late in the night in Zhengzhou. Didi’s available safety protection mechanisms include virtual contact number, in-car SOS dial, and several identity verification rules applied to drivers didn’t prevent the tragedy from happening.

Also in May, there were already experts suggesting initiating video recording or CCTV for passengers’ safety protection. Li Junhui, a researcher at China University of Political Science and Law, said (in Chinese) installing in-car cameras would be more practical than solutions such as audio recording.

According to Didi’s latest operation data, its platform processes over 30 million rides daily in China alone.

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Didi tests in-car video and audio recording for passengers’ ride safety

Didi, recently in the swamp of passenger safety concerns, is testing in-car video recording.

Reported by local media iyiou.com (in Chinese), passengers may find an in-app notification asking whether to activate in-car recording for safety protection. According to Didi’s response to iyiou.com, the function is not yet widely used, and not all Didi vehicles are equipped with a device.

Screenshot of Didi’s video recording server notification. The reminder at the bottom reads: [Video] data will be stored encrypted. Drivers have no access to the content. In any case of service disputes, the video stored may be used as a reference.

Didi told TechNode that the recording trial started from the beginning of this year. Some vehicles in 5 pilot cities including Shenzhen and Nanjing are adopting the recording solution as the government’s compulsory demand. Further future plans are still under the company’s internal discussion. The use of recording devices is also likely to provide evidence for regular service disputes.

“Due to privacy concerns, the recording function will only be activated once a passenger confirms from their app. They can end it anytime during her ride,” Didi explained to us.

Prior to the video recording test, Didi made several safety upgrades to alleviate users’ safety anxiety. The company shut down its hitch service from May 12 to May 19, after a 21-year-old female passenger were killed by a driver late in the night in Zhengzhou. Didi’s available safety protection mechanisms include virtual contact number, in-car SOS dial, and several identity verification rules applied to drivers didn’t prevent the tragedy from happening.

Also in May, there were already experts suggesting initiating video recording or CCTV for passengers’ safety protection. Li Junhui, a researcher at China University of Political Science and Law, said (in Chinese) installing in-car cameras would be more practical than solutions such as audio recording.

According to Didi’s latest operation data, its platform processes over 30 million rides daily in China alone.

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Didi driver arrested for sexual assault on female passenger

Didi driver arrested for sexual assault on female passenger · TechNode

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Autonomous vehicles are coming but you won’t own one

Self-driving cars are a big deal in China. The country’s three tech giants—Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent (BAT)—are all working to develop the technology. In support of these companies and the many other startups operating in the autonomous driving space, the Chinese government is even working on a draft bill mandating that 50% of all vehicles sold by 2020 be autonomous or semi-autonomous.

Despite the government’s optimistic outlook, Didi CTO and co-founder Bob Zhang believes that mass adoption of self-driving vehicles is at least a decade away.

“I think there are two ways to commercialize autonomous driving technology,” Zhang told attendees at RISE in Hong Kong.  “First, enter into a rideshare network to provide services to passengers. Second, to sell self-driving cars to consumers. The second way will not happen on a very large scale in the next ten years.”

He believes that it is not a lack of interest in the vehicles that will limit adoption, but technological hindrances.

“The reason behind that is it still needs a long way to go before the technology is mature enough to drive safely in any weather conditions and any road condition,” he said. “During this time it does not make sense to have a self-driving car which can only drive on sunny days or good road situations.”

This doesn’t mean that Zhang believes the vehicles won’t be used. He explains that given ride-sharing companies know your origin and destination, they can decide whether the conditions are right to dispatch an autonomous vehicle.

“If we are confident we will dispatch this request to a self-driving car. If we are not we will dispatch to a human driver,” he said. “That, in my mind, is the mixed model between human drivers and self-driving cars.”

Zhang also claims that by the time autonomous cars are ready for mass adoption, consumers would have moved away from a vehicle ownership model. “The relationship between people and the vehicle will be redefined. Fewer people will choose to own a car, but just share one.”

Additionally, the car, along with all its sensors, will go from being a passive part of smart infrastructure management to a comprehensive array of sensors that will report road conditions to relieve congestion, something that Zhang said Didi is already working on today.

The core technology behind that is Didi has the ability to predict the queue length of the vehicles ahead of every crosswalk. For example, if a Didi vehicle stops 10 meters ahead of the crosswalk we can predict there will be three vehicles ahead of it,” he said. 

According to a report by Deloitte, China currently has over 500 smart city projects, with Internet of Things (IoT) platforms being an agent of change in the country’s urban spaces. These IoT devices collect data from around the country’s cities, helping to increase the flow of people and traffic, and attempting to improve the lives of a city’s residents. More data being collected from cars will not only result in better training data for future autonomous vehicles but also data to improve the general state of cities and their roadways.

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Alibaba’s AutoNavi launches ride-hailing service in bid to become a mobility mega platform

Alibaba’s AutoNavi launches ride-hailing service in bid to become a mobility mega platform · TechNode

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Didi relaunches night-time Hitch service

Ride-hailing platform Didi Chuxing (滴滴出行) will resume part of its night-time Hitch services (顺风车) on June 15, allowing drivers picking up same-sex passengers only.

According to the company statement, Hitch services will resume during 10 p.m. to 24 p.m. and 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. only and drivers can only pick up passengers of the same gender. To improve safety measures, the platform will first beta test later this month a route sharing function in a small group of users where the trip route can be automatically shared with passengers’ emergency contacts. The platform will track the route intervene when emergencies occur. There will also be an information sharing scheme where passengers and drivers can view each other’s information before the passenger set foot in the vehicle.

The company will also evaluate the feasibility of real-time audio recording in the company’s other types ride-hailing services and consider whether or not to push the function nationwide. This function was already launched for Hitch services in May. The recording starts when passengers click the in-app help button and Didi will start monitoring.

Didi has suspended night-time road sharing service since May 16 to re-valuate the risks of night-time trips and the entire Hitch services had been suspended for a week after a female passenger was murdered by her driver when using the service in earlier that month.

Unlike regular ride-hailing services, Didi Hitch group people who are heading to smilier directions and the ride costs passengers a lot less. Usually the passengers just cover their share of fuel costs. Before the notorious murder, the Hitch function was viewed as a social media platform and drivers can comment on the passengers personalities and physical attractiveness, many of which were disrespectful towards female passengers.

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Didi resumes its night Hitch service after security enhancement

Didi resumes its night Hitch service after security enhancement · TechNode

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Didi teams up with state-owned FAW to hire ride-hailing drivers

Didi teams up with state-owned FAW to hire ride-hailing drivers · TechNode

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The battle for China’s on-demand food delivery moves to Nanjing

The battle for China’s on-demand food delivery moves to Nanjing · TechNode

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Didi’s rumored Hong Kong IPO might bump its market value up to $80 billion

Didi’s rumored Hong Kong IPO might bump its market value up to $80 billion · TechNode

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Ofo starts selling ads on bikes and in apps

Ofo starts selling ads on bikes and in apps · TechNode

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Shenzhen government will include bike rental violations on Didi’s credit score

Shenzhen government will include bike rental violations on Didi’s credit score · TechNode

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DiDi to suspend night Hitch, could audio record every single journey

DiDi to suspend night Hitch, could audio record every single journey · TechNode

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Didi is suspending ride-hitching service after murder of a passenger

Didi is suspending ride-hitching service after murder of a passenger · TechNode

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Updated: Didi’s food delivery is facing strikes from its drivers

Updated: Didi’s food delivery is facing strikes from its drivers · TechNode

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With D-Alliance, Didi plans to overturn car ownership and manufacturing worldwide

With D-Alliance, Didi plans to overturn car ownership and manufacturing worldwide · TechNode

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With D-Alliance, Didi plans to overturn car ownership and manufacturing worldwide

With D-Alliance, Didi plans to overturn car ownership and manufacturing worldwide · TechNode

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Nanjing becomes first Chinese city to ban new ride-hailing vehicles

Nanjing becomes first Chinese city to ban new ride-hailing vehicles · TechNode

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China Tech Talk 42: China’s mobility and transport market gets all mixed up



China Tech Talk 42: China’s mobility and transport market gets all mixed up · TechNode























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Didi integrates public transport options allowing users to book a car to meet them at the bus stop



Didi integrates public transport options allowing users to book a car to meet them at the bus stop · TechNode























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Meituan acquisition of Mobike seems a done deal



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AutoNavi enters carpooling market



AutoNavi enters carpooling market · TechNode

























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WeChat article accusing DiDi of ignoring sexual harassment claims has gone viral



WeChat article accusing DiDi of ignoring sexual harassment claims has gone viral · TechNode























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Didi thanks Meituan for its competition and draws attention to its ‘catastrophic risks’



Didi thanks Meituan for its competition and draws attention to its ‘catastrophic risks’ · TechNode























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