Didi announces first update of its ride-hailing app since Beijing ban

Didi Chuxing, whose main app was taken off app stores in China in early July at Beijing’s behest, said it has updated a billing function for drivers as previously promised. We see this as a sign that it is working on the app to meet the demands of regulators. This is the first update of the app since the company got forced out of the Chinese app stores a few weeks ago.

The ride-hailing giant said in a statement on its official Weibo account on Monday that it has added a new feature to its driver app, which provides a detailed breakdown of a driver’s income for each ride and the share a driver earns from each passenger payment over a seven day period, to boost “transparency” in billing for drivers.

This is the first time that Didi has made an announcement about its app since it was banned on July 2 by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).

The new driver income feature, which also allows Didi drivers to see what incentives they have received, comes after Didi promised in May to add such a feature for all drivers by July. Didi did not explain the delay or comment on the current cybersecurity probe.

Didi said in Monday’s statement that the new feature would only be available for drivers in seven Chinese cities, including Shenyang and Changchun, although Didi intends to roll it out to more cities after collecting feedback from drivers. China’s probe into ride hailing giant Didi may lead to management reshuffle11 Aug 2021

A task force led by CAC along with other six government agencies, entered Didi’s premises on July 16 to conduct a cybersecurity investigation. Didi said in a statement last week that it was “actively and fully cooperating with authorities in the cybersecurity review”.

Didi has denied media reports that it would be delisted from New York, reshuffle its management team, or hand its data to a third-party to manage.

We will keep you posted about further developments surrounding didi and the regulators in China.

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