For people living in giant Chinese cities – say Beijing, hailing a taxi in the busy streets could be a desperate experience. DuDuJiaoche, a mobile app is aiming at solving the taxi-riddle in Chinese metropolis.

Out of the three major types of car-centered startups in China currently, namely focusing on either taxi or private cars or car rental business, DuDuJiaoChe chose to partner with car rental companies as the sector is relatively more mature, and most importantly, without too much regulation concerns as carpooling business does.

DuDuJiaoChe partnered with car rental companies to get access to their excessive cars, and then hire contracted drivers to pick up customers who book taxi through its app. DuDuJiaoChe profits by taking away a certain portion of revenue. Hence comes one of my biggest concerns, isn’t the startup turning into a traditional taxi company by doing so?

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Chelsea Dong

She reads, travels, photographs and writes, with interests in chronicling China tech scene and interpreting how technology disrupts the way people live.