Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-hailing platform, recently launches a series of financial service products, focusing on their effort to diversify their businesses as the government intervention.
The in-app features, which include access to funds for critical illness protection, are now available to all users across China. Users who join the program can access as much as $70,000 in protection from life-threatening conditions, including cancer, leukemia, and paralysis, Didi claims. Other services include wealth management, personal credit, and lending.
This is the first time Didi has showcased its financial services business to everyone on its platform. It previously announced the fintech business group at the beginning of 2018 after it was granted a payment license by fully acquiring a Beijing-based online payment enterprise back in December 2017 (in Chinese).
A Didi spokesperson told TechNode the products are set up to focus primarily on “gig economy workers” and their families. App users can pay around RMB 20 each month for medical insurance, which is provided by ZhongAn, a Hong Kong-listed Chinese online-only insurance company.
The company now also offers automobile financing solutions, including purchasing, leasing, trading, and financing services for new energy vehicles. Didi said the beta versions of these services were previously only available to Didi drivers and car owners.
Following the murders of two female passengers and a number of other safety incidents last year, China’s largest ride-hailing operator has been the subject of continued public and government scrutiny. Stricter regulations have forced Didi to remove from its platform both cars and drivers that don’t meet the required approval criteria. It recently announced that it would slowly decrease the number of orders served to non-compliant drivers.
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