German chauffeur service Blacklane will be integrated with Chinese travel site Qunar in mid January, allowing travellers to access the service in Mandarin. The partnership comes as Baidu makes a large strategic investment in US car-hailing giant Uber, as well as an investment in local Chinese car service YongChe this August.

Despite their close proximity in the market, Blacklane CEO Jens Wohltorf insists that Uber, YongChe and Blacklane have specific strengths, and will not be directly competitive.

“We have a pretty well differentiated product to Uber,” Mr. Wohltorf told Technode, “I’m not very concerned about this, we can learn a lot from Uber and I’m sure they can learn a lot from us.”

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com