Didi Kuaidi, an Uber me-too service, was created when two apps merged to compete with Uber’s rival in China

Country: China didi
Year: 2015

  • Specific insurance offer for new actors on the market: an insurance company could develop an insurance offer fitted to new sharing economy actors 
  • Customize insurance for the collaborative economy: provide insurance/savings for collaborative economy self-employed (eg: Didi Kuaidi drivers)
  • Allow customers to buy insurance while they are in the taxi: an insurance company could also develop offers for taxi riders to buy insurance on per-mile basis to ensure coverage during their ride 


  • In February 2015, China’s Top Two Taxi-Hailing Services, Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache, came together to form Didi Kuaidi marking a major setback for Uber that was trying to enter the Chinese market. Then Alibaba and Tencent, two of China’s fiercest competitors, came together to co-invest in the taxi-hailing app, Didi Kuaidi.
  • In July 2015, Didi Kuaidi reported 10 million daily requests across the platform marking a record in the global consumer transportation industry
  • Recently, in October 2015, they launched the Didi Bus, allowing users to search bus routes, book tickets, and initiate new routes seamlessly through its main app, providing one-stop mobile transportation platform that provides taxi-hailing, online car-booking, chauffeur and ride-sharing

Consumer Benefits

  • Cheap ride and fast service: the user can use the Didi Kuaidi cars, carpool services and buses, which is cheaper than taking a taxi
  • Variety of services spread across China: Didi Kuaidi offers services from taxi-hailing to carpooling and private car rides, available in more than 360 cities across China, compared with fewer than 20 cities for Uber

How it works

  • Similar to Uber, the user downloads the app and requests for a ride
  • Besides requesting for a ride, the user can also search bus routes, book tickets, initiate new routes and find chauffeur and ride-sharing options


  • Introduction to Didi Kuaidi on Youtube
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