DiDi, SoftBank to provide platform services for Japan taxi industry

Friday 9 February 2018 | 16:31 CET | News
Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing and SoftBank have established a partnership to provide platform services for the taxi industry. The partnership will use DiDi's AI capabilities to build ride-hailing platforms for taxi operators and drivers. DiDi and SoftBank plan to start trial services in Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Tokyo and other locations within this year. DiDi and SoftBank also plan to set up a joint venture in Japan.

Both partners believe DiDi's deep learning-based demand prediction and smart dispatch systems, combined with SoftBank's local resources and expertise, will power Japan's taxi ride-hailing services. 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.

DiDi reports that its online platform for taxi-hailing currently includes 2 million taxi drivers connected to the ap. In 2017, taxi drivers completed 1.1 billion rides on DiDi. DiDi has partnerships with nearly 500 taxi operators in China.

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