Didi to relaunch hitchhiking service this month

Didi Chuxing blasted over curfew on women using relaunched Hitch service

Didi Chuxing blasted over curfew on women using relaunched Hitch service

Didi's booth at WAIC Shanghai on Aug 30, 2019.

Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, which plans to relaunch its carpool service suspended after a woman was murdered by her driver past year, reversed a decision on Thursday to allow late rides for male passengers only.

Didi's Hitch carpool service, which will relaunch in several Chinese cities on Nov 20, will operate for all passengers daily until 8:00 p.m., it said.

Shortly after the incidents, China's transport ministry lambasted Didi, saying the company had "lost control" of its drivers and vehicles.

Meanwhile, Mexico City will become the third in the country to welcome Didi's food delivery business - Didi Food - after Guadalajara and Monterrey, the company announced Tuesday. According to the new rules introduced by the company, female passengers could only use Hitch from 5am to 8pm, while male passengers could use the service until 11pm.

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The trial relaunch of Hitch will come with enhanced safety features and a now-canceled women's safety program.

Context: Didi has faced scrutiny in the past for allowing sexist practices to creep into its services.

Furthermore, to improve safety and user experience during a Hitch ride, Didi will include measures like ID and facial verification, background checks on drivers by local public security bureaus, real-time location sharing with a friend or family member, a dedicated 24/7 safety line, as well as examining drivers' social credit scores prior to partnering with Didi.

Didi has struggled with the fallout of last years' murders, pivoting from pushing for growth to an increased focus on safety.

The focus on safety has had a significant effect on the company, resulting in reported losses of almost RMB 11 billion ($1.6 billion) in 2018.

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