Uber and Lyft have taken advantage and led the efforts into pushing mobility as a service. Chinese companies have also jumped onto the wave as Auto Navi and Meituan Dianping have developed platforms for ride-hailing.
Now, Didi Chuxing app users will be able to do the same — initially starting with a pilot in the city of Chengdu in the Sichuan province where users have been provided with the option to hail cabs operated by travel platform Tongcheng’s ride-hailing arm Miaozao.
According to local media, this capability is a step towards becoming a super app — but in line with global trends, it also indicates a strong push towards leading players charging towards becoming the leading MaaS platform in China.
MaaS essentially provides customers with multi-modal mobility solutions, be it bike and scooter sharing, bus bookings, cab-hailing, or even car-sharing. Everything a customer needs to get from point A to point B, especially within city limits, should be on the leading MaaS providers platform.
In the US, for example, Uber is working on integrating public transportation options such as buses and trains (with timings, routes, and fares) into its app under the banner “transit”.
The San Francisco-based company is trialing the feature in Denver, Colorado, but expects to scale it up to support users across the country in the (very) near future.
It’s easy to see why MaaS is becoming such an important concept when you think about the convenience it offers to customers. People can make informed decisions about how they want to travel and when they need to get to their destination.
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