Didi Chuxing, China’s ride-sharing giant, expects its Inter-City Hitch service to complete over 33 million passenger trips during the approaching Spring Festival—three times higher than the passenger load from the last two years combined.

The annual travel rush around Spring Festival, Chunyun (春运), puts the country ‘s transport system to the ultimate test. This year, an estimated 3 billion passenger trips will take place by road, rail, air, and waterways during Chunyun.

Launched in September 2015, Didi Inter-City Hitch started as a carpool service in the Didi ride-sharing app, which uses AI-based algorithms to match car-owners with passengers who are traveling along similar commuting routes. Didi has been expanding its inter-city hitch service networks from cities to smaller townships in the past year.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.