CHINA (OBSERVATORY) – China Online Taxi Service Didi Chuxing Technology Co. – competitor Uber – in partnership with 31 companies intends to create an integrated platform for the provision of various services – from the card to the lease.
Didi’s partners are Chinese and foreign companies that produce cars, electric vehicles, navigation and electronic components, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Among them – Chinese automakers such as Geely, BYD and SAIC, as well as international brands such as Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen, reported the British edition of FT.
The platform will provide services for karshering, leasing, development of cars.
Alliance Didi plans to release its first model of the car in the next three to five years.
“China can play a key role in transforming the existing road and transport structure that has existed for more than a century,” said Chang Wei, founder and CEO of Didi, who bought the Chinese unit Uber in August 2016, at the conference in Beijing.
Chang Wei asserts that his alliance will become a “car operator”, and not just produce, sell or rent cars.
The alliance will consist of three platforms: the rental of online cars, which will include the current Didi service platform, a sharing platform that involves the replacement of personal vehicles for leasing, and a platform for after-sales service for car maintenance.
“Didi Auto Alliance will become a provider of integrated transport services that combine auto leasing and sales, auto financing, car service, fleet management and car sharing solutions in China and beyond,” Chang said.
He claims to take into account the statistics of his 450 million registered users and their route data, preferences to help automakers design vehicles that will be leased in time or per kilometer rather than being sold.
Previously, such plans nurtured Uber, hoping for a partnership with Volvo: to create an autonomous taxi (without a driver) instead of private cars in the cities.