In a troubled quest to win over Chinese market, Uber China recently upgraded its non-for-profit ride sharing platform People’s Uber as “People’s Uber Plus”, adding a new feature that allow riders to pick up others who take the same routes and to split the bill. The new service has launched in downtown areas of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

While most of Uber’s services do not require users to input destinations before the ride takes place, this new feature asks riders to designate their destination address and select either “two-person carpool” or “private ride” model.

For those who select “two-person carpool” model, the system will match them with others who are going in the same direction, while each customer can take a maximum of one guest. The users can enjoy a 30% discount on the fare, whether there’s a successful match or not.

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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.