The latest updates to ride-hailing app Didi allow users to integrate their journey with public transport and hire bikes, plus “virtual meeting points” for better ride-sharing while taxi drivers are hit hard.

Map apps such as Baidu and Tencent have long since offered sophisticated journey planning in China, adding in new options such as hire bikes and ride hailing. Now Didi is bringing in all the options into its own app to show how a long journey across town can be made up of a mix of Didi and bus, subway and bikes. With start and end points entered, the software presents a range of options with journey length and cost. Not all suggestions contain a Didi ride, but should you choose that itinerary, it’s then just one more tap to summon a Didi for that particular section of the route.

The same update also contains an improvement to the ride sharing function that provides 2.4 million rides a day. This function allows separate users to effectively share a Didi car if going in roughly the same direction at the same point. The tweak now tells the passengers if a nearby point such as a different junction would be a better place to await the driver if it means the car and other passengers can avoid U-turns or unnecessary detours. These “virtual meeting points” should reduce waiting time as tests have shown they reduce detours by 38%.

Start your free trial now.

Get instant access to all our premium content, archives, newsletters, and online community.

Monthly Membership

Yearly Membership

What you get

Full access to all premium content and our full archives

Members'-only newsletters

Preferential access and discounts to all TechNode events

Direct access to the TechNode newsroom

Start your free trial now.

Get instant access to all our premium content, archives, newsletters, and online community.

Monthly Membership

Yearly Membership

Frank Hersey

Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...