Just a few days after receiving US$142 million in funding from Weibo, China’s dominant taxi app company coalition Didi-Kuaidi is making further headlines with the launch of a carpooling service ‘Didi Shun Feng Che’. The feature will be added to Didi Dache’s app, aiming to curb traffic gridlock in China’s cities.

By leveraging Didi-Kuaidi’s big data and advanced matching techniques, the service will calculate routes and match car owners and passengers for carpooling. Car owners can set up default routes, while passengers provide the locations of departure and arrival and the service will automatically find matches.

Last year, the government reiterated that it was illegal to run for-profit ride-sharing services in China, restricting for-profit rides to accredited drivers only. In reaction, Uber launched its People’s Uber pilot program, which allows public ride sharing so long as the price only covers the actual cost of the ride, without a profit margin.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.