China, on the other hand, has taken an alternative route. The country is working with technology-powered transportation companies such as DiDi to transform its public transportation infrastructure.
DiDi recently launched an intelligent transportation management system that allows it to partner with government bodies to reduce traffic.
One of the departments in China that has partnered with DiDi is the railway. Over the past few months, intensive collaboration has resulted in a 46 percent reduction in traffic congestion at railway stations and reduced passenger transit time by 11.4 percent — which translates into a whopping 360,000 hours.
“China’s railways delivered 3.57 billion passenger trips, up 7.7 percent year on year. Railway stations in China are among the busiest traffic hotspots with increasingly higher demand on urban transportation,” DiDi’s Head of Passenger Service (Ride-Hailing Business) Eric Zhang told Tech Wire Asia.
Further, DiDi’s ride-hailing services also made it possible for customers to get a safe ride home after hours. The company said that in 2019, it provided over 100 million passenger rides originating from China’s train stations, 17.9 percent of which were requested after the end of the day’s public transportation services.
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