Chinese rideshare DiDi to launch in Melbourne

Posted: 15 June 2018 11:40 am

Expect to be able to order yours from 25 June.

It seems every other month a new rideshare service enters the Australian market and the latest to join the ranks is DiDi.

It's the largest rideshare app in China and one that has invested money into Taxify in Europe and Africa.

Now, after a month of successful trials in Geelong, Didi has announced that it's officially launching in Melbourne on 25 June.

The company has slowly been building its driver base over the trial month and has already opened up a hub for drivers in Tullamarine.

In true launch-fashion, DiDi will also be offering 50% off rides in Melbourne from 25-31 June 2018 to drive passenger interest. This mirrors Taxify's deal when it launched in Melbourne in January this year.

DiDi's launch discount is capped to a maximum of $10 per trip (so trips of $20 are your best bargain) and to two trips per day, per person.

Similar to rideshare services such as Uber and Taxify that have gone before it, DiDi offers the opportunity to earn free rides for sharing the app with friends and to redeem coupon and promo codes for discounted fares.

DiDi also provides fare estimations when searching for your ride and charges waiting and cancellation fees of 0.55c/minute and $10 respectively, which is in line with other rideshare services.

You can download the app through iTunes or the Play Store.

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