The dragon’s country is vying for witnessing a legal neck-to-neck fight between two of the largest and the fastest growing businesses in the Chinese economy. Following a few regulations for ride-sharing services, China legalizes Uber prepping it for a fierce knockout battle against the rival Chinese giant Didi Chuxing.
Uber VS Didi fight in China is getting fiercest with every passing day. Both the ride-sharing giants are inching towards supremacy to become the largest in the world, considering China is the biggest market of ride-hailing service globally. In such conditions, the Chinese officials passing regulations for legalizing the Uber China services dispels any uncertainty surrounding Uber’s existence in the country.
Uber Fueling Uber VS Didi War Further
As China legalizes Uber, the ministry of transport is now scheduled to announce its approval for service to operate in the country lawfully. This is big news for Uber. It’s too difficult for Western giants to survive in China, let alone dominating the market. The harsh regulations of the country make the existence of foreign countries too difficult in Chinese markets. Google and Facebook are the standard examples of the giants who had to face a backlash and ended up being banned in China. In fact, these two have stopped trying to woo the Chinese nation at all with their parent services. They are well aware that Google’s search and Facebook’s social media platform have no future in China. Apple is the latest victim who has been facing a serious backlash in the nation.
The lawful acceptance of Uber would place a stamp of approval officially on the online cab booking service, which offers its service in hundreds of cities to millions of passengers daily in China. The Chinese government will now officially encourage, guide, and support car-pooling and private auto-sharing.
The regulations enacted by the government for Uber include installation of safety features like GPS and security alarms. In the same way, all drivers are required to register themselves with local taxi regulators, and most importantly, they aren’t allowed to have criminal records.
China is one of those markets where ride-sharing giants like Uber and rivals have managed a tremendous growth and popularity, but have faced some serious issues passing right through their business models, at some phase.
Uber was once accused by the Chinese police for operating taxi services, which were not licensed. Many taxi drivers protested against Uber over the increase in competition. Last year, regulators banned Didi and Uber along with many other ride-sharing services from hiring drivers who were not licensed to drive.
Throwing some major shade on Uber’s biggest rival, Didi Chuxing offers its services in 400 cities of China. In 2015, the company officially managed to complete 1.4 billion rides. In June 2016, Didi recorded the largest funding round in private equity globally by raising $7.3 billion. Also, the service leads with powerful backing from Chinese giants Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Alibaba Group. Recently, the iOS giant became a strategic investor for Didi Chuxing too.
On Thursday, Didi Chuxing and Uber welcomed the official endorsement of the sector and rules. China legalizes Uber not just to promote a fair Uber VS Didi war in the ride-sharing economy, but as an endeavor toward a healthy and steady development of the cab industry. The new regulations will usher in a fresh level of growth for the country’s online ride-hailing service.