Apps that can help hapless Beijingers hail taxis have become all rave recently, but are they really the cure for all?

Citizens in Beijing would say maybe. After all, it’s almost a given that it is hard to get a taxi, especially during rush hour. The apps allows the users to state where they are, where they want to go, and if they are willing to pay extra to attract nearby drivers to take a detour.

Many have pointed out that there are problems to taxi apps’ model. But these criticisms are mostly constructive; they point out that while the apps are imperfect, they are indeed aimed at a ready market, and assume all the kinks are fixed, they would be immensely beneficial both to its users and its investors. After all, many are already using the apps and have found them very useful.

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Yang Wang

Yang is currently the brand and media director at Elitime Media & Consulting. He has published and translated seven books, and several of his works have been translated and published in areas such...