Chinese ride-hail behemoth Didi Chuxing, once Uber’s top ride-share rival in China, finally announced an English-version update of its app initially for riders in Guangzhou, Beijing, and Shanghai. This is a good news for all non-Chinese speakers traveling or living in china. In addition to a English-language interface, the ride-hailing giant is also introducing real-time translation for texts between passenger and driver, as well as bilingual customer support. The app will also support users with mobile phone numbers and credit cards from 12 regions in the world. You can also review other ride sharing app at Autoxpedia.
Language capabilities have emerged both as a core selling point and a point of contention in the fast-growing global e-taxi industry. On the other hand, Uber has been gradually rolling out a feature that enables riders to request drivers that speak in English, particularly in the Latin America, but the company also fighting a new ruling in the United Kingdom. that requires drivers to pass an English-language proficiency test.
By adding bilingual services, Didi says it hopes to attract more English-speaking tourists and visitors who travel to China on business. The move comes after the company raised an eye-popping $5.5. billion in its latest round of funding, valuing it at a reported $50 billion. (That includes a $1 billion investment from Apple.) That makes Didi the second-most valuable tech startup in the world, second to Uber.
You can now sign up with Didi services using mobile numbers registered in 12 countries and regions including China’s mainland, Taiwan, HongKong, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Brazil and the United States.
And, to top it all off, Didi has announced that it will now be accepting ‘major international credit cards,’ not just Alipay or WeChat Wallet.