In recent years, the internet has become more and more integrated into finding transportation, leading to revolutionary new industries like online taxi-hailing, bike and car rental, and e-buses. At the same time, AI technology like smart traffic lights and autonomous vehicles continues to develop and reshape the transportation industry. At the upcoming TechCrunch International Innovation […]
Bike rental company Xiaoming has officially begun bankruptcy proceedings becoming China’s first bike rental company to do so. The decision of the Intermediate People’s Court of Guangzhou, which was in charge of the case, was announced yesterday, July 10th, the Paper reports. Xiaoming (小鸣单车) was part of a big wave of bike rental companies that started […]
Ofo investor Zhu Xiaohu (also known as Allen Zhu) from GSR Ventures is rumored to have sold his shares in ofo to Alibaba for $3 billion (in Chinese). The source is Zhu’s brother-in-law Ou Chengxiao who revealed Zhu’s plans at a public event a few days ago. According to a transcription of Ou’s speech circulating online, […]
China’s ride-hailing market might be in for another stir. Former chairman of Baidu’s food delivery platform Baidu Waimai, Gong Zhenbing, is moving on to become the CEO of ride-hailing platform Yidao Yongche, The Paper is reporting (in Chinese). Yidao went through a rough period in April and May last year after a cash squeeze that […]
More signs show that ofo’s cash crunch not only affect its domestic business but also its global expansion plans. The troubled bike hire giant has launched a warehouse sale of its bikes to downsize its operation in Singapore, a source with knowledge of the matter told TechNode. The ofo bikes on sale are sold brand […]
Chinese taxi hailing company Didi’s bike rental service, Didi Bike (青桔单车, meaning green tangerine bike in Chinese), was suspended for one day for not obeying the local law, Chinese media Shenzhen News is reporting. Bike rental companies hugely spread out last year, filling the Chinese streets with rental bikes. In order to manage rental bicycles, […]
The year 2017 was great for many tech firms in China. Tencent briefly outdid Facebook in market valuation reaching a $500 billion valuation mark. Toutiao shot up from obscurity on the international scene with its parent Bytedance buying Musical.ly. Alibaba spread its wings further into Asia, Didi started its global expansion, Huawei overtook Apple as […]
Updated January 9, 2018: This article was updated to include a statement from Didi. Details have been released on the Didi Chuxing and Bluegogo tie-up. According to sources quoted by Pingwest (in Chinese), negotiations between the two mobility firms have been completed but Didi will only take over a part of Bluegogo’s business. Didi plans […]
China’s ride-hailing industry has been facing turbulent times but it’s not just about overcoming Didi.
China has become addicted to debt. Now, its tech industry is hooked too.