AutoNavi now has a ride-hailing service for the Chengdu and Wuhan regions. With plans to launch in more cities, the Chinese mapping company is now hiring drivers in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen.
The company, owned by Alibaba, will not collect commissions from its drivers, allowing them to earn the full amount a passenger pays for the trip. Other operators, including Meituan and Didi, charge their drivers up to 10% the total cost of the trip. However, AutoNavi doesn’t provide its drivers with subsidies like other ride-hailing companies.
Alibaba could make use of the data it collects to enhance its location-based services capabilities. In 2015, AutoNavi announced the launch of LBS+, a platform that provides location-based service solutions to businesses in car rental, O2O, and smart devices.
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