Volkswagen China and Mercedez Benz have partnered to launch a premium ride-hailing service in Shanghai, signaling mounting segmentation in the crowded ride-hailing sector and increased competition in the high-end market.

Passengers in Shanghai can book one of 50 Mercedes Benz E200L vehicles via Volkswagen’s ride-hailing app, official WeChat account, and the company’s hotline. Volkswagen owns the three booking channels.

According to Chinese media, drivers wear suits while cars are equipped with WiFi, iPads, drinks, and umbrellas. The iPads double as a screen for displaying passengers’ names during airport pickups.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com