Among a series of recent moves to diversify its business, Didi Kuaidi, the dominant transportation platform in China, has launched a on-demand personal designated driver service in ten Chinese cities, include Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Chongqing.

The feature helps car owners in urban areas find a qualified personal driver nearby to drive their own car home for whatever reason. Didi Chauffeur fares will include a charge for the first 10 kilometers that will vary throughout the day and depend on demand, as well as a fixed price for every additional kilometer traveled. The platform will take around 20% commission from the fare.

To provide protection for both drivers and passengers, every order for Didi’s designated drivers will be covered up to a maximum of 3 million RMB ($483,000 USD) under the chauffeur service liability insurance. The company claims to have registered more than 1 million drivers for the platform.

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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.