Cracks are emerging in China’s ride-hailing sector as dominant companies seek to monetize their rivals, a move which could divide the industry as smaller firms are forced to choose sides.

Major mobility players Didi and Meituan have opened up their platforms to competitors by offering aggregation services that allow users to access multiple ride-hailing platforms within a single app.

Meituan launched its aggregation service in April, allowing the company to spread its ride-hailing offering from Nanjing and Shanghai to dozens of cities around the country. The company enables users to book trips using its own ride-hailing services, as well as through Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, Caocao Chuxing, and Shenzhou, among others.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.

Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen