A trial of the service will start back up in seven cities in China in the coming weeks.
Started up in 2015, Hitch allowed private consumers who were already on the Didi Chuxing platform to pick up other consumers who were also traveling in the same direction for a small price.
The Hitch service operated up until August 2018 when a driver was arrested and confessed to assaulting and murdering a female passenger in the Chinese Zhejiang province. This followed another incident when a 21 year old woman was assaulted and killed in the Henan province by a user on their father's Didi account.
After these tragedies and pressure from the public over Didi's promotion of the Hitch service as a social network, the head of the service, Hyang Jieli, stepped down and received criticism over an interview in which he described Hitch as a "very sexy scenario" for consumers to meet through.
Since then, Didi has been focused on recovering the public's perception and rebuilding confidence.
The company has introduced new safety efforts during the hiatus including audio recording during the trips and panic buttons linked to nearby police stations.
Didi also removed around 306,000 drivers from the platform or around 1% of its total drivers.
The relaunch of the service follows what the company describes as a "comprehensive safety review" and an overhaul of the product. The new version of Hitch will now include extra safety functions, deeper driver and passenger reviews, and the ability to rate drivers.
In addition, female passengers will be limited to using the service only from 5am to 8pm while male passengers can keep using the service until 11pm. This current relaunch trial will operation in the urban areas in Chinese cities including Harbin, Taiyuan, and Beijing.