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[Homework]2016-06-07&06-09 出行平台融资加速:Uber获35亿美元融资

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So you are in Beijing and you need to get somewhere. It’s too far to walk, so you are going to need to get a ride. If you live in China and you speak Chinese, there is a good chance you are going to pull out your phone and open up an app called DiDiChuxing. It’s simple to use really. You just tell the app where you are and where you want to go. And when the car arrives, you hop in, tell him where you are going, take off.

DiDiChuxing or DiDi for short, says that rides like this one happen 11 million times per day across China in 400 different cities. And now it says it has 300 million users. And most experts agree that its market share is somewhere between 75 and 90%.

But the company does have competitors in cars-for-hire apps. So let’s say you forgot your wallet and you have to go back. Except this time, you pull out your phone and you open up Uber.

In most of the world, Uber is the alpha app, but in China it’s more like the plucky start-up looking to put a dent in a DiDi dominated field. It’s trying to get that foothold by offering extremely low prices and subsidies to its drivers.

You can now grab a Uber like this one in around 50 different Chinese cities, but progress is coming at a cost. In February Uber CEO said the company was losing over $1 billion per year here. As in the short term it prioritizes expanding its presence in the hope that it makes money down the road.

China has more than 1.3 billion people, many of whom have places to be. But whether it’s DiDi or Uber that gets them there is one of the biggest tech battles in the world.

Matt Rivers, CNN, Beijing.                                                   
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