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Friday, June 15, 2018, 12:50
China's DiDi Chuxing announces Australian launch
By Xinhua
Friday, June 15, 2018, 12:50 By Xinhua

Didi Chuxing, the country's largest ride-hailing platform, is ranked the second-most valuable startup, which has inspired other Chinese startups to venture out beyond their home-turf to search for opportunities overseas. (PHOTO / VCG)

SYDNEY - Chinese rideshare giant DiDi Chuxing announced on Friday that it will officially launch its mobile transportation platform in Melbourne on June 25 after a successful month-long trial in the nearby city of Geelong.

Already operating with 550 million users in over 1,000 cities in China and Mexico, the technology-focused company has around 21 million drivers and conducts over 30 million rides each day.

"Australia has diversified mobility needs, a business-friendly environment and an inclusive culture," the company said in a statement.

Offering a series of welcome packages to both drivers and riders, Didi's search to find drivers in Melbourne has so far been met with "warm responses"

"DiDi plans to introduce safer, more efficient and environmentally-friendly functions to cater to Australian needs through daily operation in the market."

Offering a series of welcome packages to both drivers and riders, Didi's search to find drivers in Melbourne began in June and has so far been met with "warm responses."

Despite a number of other players in the crowded rideshare space, the Chinese giant will be the first to pioneer a unique range of safety features in order to vet drivers and protect passengers.

This move will include greater privacy protocols, a 24-hour emergency phone support hotline and a platform for riders to share their transport itinerary information with emergency contacts and family.

Operating locally as a wholly-owned Australian subsidiary, DiDi said it is their mission to improve the world's transportation experience with AI technology.

"DiDi wishes to contribute to the growth of Australia as a long-term investor and business partner by offering affordable, reliable and convenient mobility options and income-generating opportunities," the statement said.

"DiDi also looks forward to building public-private partnerships on smart transportation solutions to achieve sustainability goals for cities around the world."

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