Didi Chuxing and SoftBank team up for ride-hailing in Japan

Didi Chuxing and SoftBank team up for ride-hailing in Japan

There are also plans to integrate satellite services, such as insurance, maintenance and fix, parking spaces and charging points, into an industry-wide platform that Didi said will reduce costs and enhance efficiency for the entire EV supply chain.

Taxi services in Japan are known for high standards of quality, but both partners believe that they can help further optimise services and increase passenger convenience. DiDi and SoftBank will study local market conditions and policies, and will actively engage with industry practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders, with the aim of building an open platform that will be available to all of Japan's taxi operators. With 2 million taxi drivers connected to the app, DiDi is now the world's leading online platform for taxi-hailing.

The auto giant said it will invest 7.5 billion JPY ($69 billion) into JapanTaxi, an Uber-like service that is owned by Ichiro Kawanabe, who runs Japan's largest taxi operator Nihon Kotsu and heads up the country's taxi federation. Didi is, however, facing rising challenges at home, including a slower pace of growth, new rivals entering the market and drivers complaining that reduced subsidies mean they are working longer hours for the less pay. The vehicle sharing market in China alone is set to grow 40 per cent between 2017 and 2024, according to a study by GM Insights cited by Didi.

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The focus is on taxi drivers and taxi operator firms because peer-to-peer ride services are not legal in Japan. The Chinese tech firm said it plans to "leverage on its AI strengths and national network" to offer individuals and corporate users access to EVs from a range of manufacturers. "The alliance, however, will also likely explore broader business opportunities with Didi's new energy vehicle sharing service, the person said without elaborating".

In addition to automakers, DiDi will also work closely with other car-sharing services, rental companies, infrastructure operators and after-sales service providers.

DiDi believes the new program will reduce cost and enhance efficiency for the entire industry chain by integrating resources from cars, capital, parking spaces, charging points and refueling stations, to auto-maintenance and fix services in a new, open ecosystem of collaboration.

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