The land-grabbing race in the newly emerged taxi app market in China finished much faster than that in group-buying. It was accelerated by the huge funds from two Chinese Internet giants, Tencent and Alibaba, injected into the two apps, Didi and Kuaidi, respectively. Now the two are adding other services of Uber, whom the Chinese model.

Kuaidi, backed by Alibaba, launched non-taxi service, named No. One Private Car (not official translation), earlier this month — The app was revamped from Dahuangfeng, the car rental service acquired by Kuaidi in late 2013. The Tencent-funded Didi reportedly is training private car owners for its UberX-like service which is expected to launch in the upcoming August. It won’t be surprising if they launch more Uber has rolled out or not.

The Kuaidi’s non-taxi service is priced twice the rate for taxi rides and now is available in several big Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou (the city where Kuaidi is headquartered). Kuaidi said their services, after taxi, non-taxi and ridesharing, will cover all types of city transportation including logistics and tourism.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com