T3 Mobility, a Chinese online ride-hailing services provider, has joined Huawei’s aggregated service platform for the industry, Petal Travel, according to a report by iFeng on September 7. T3 Mobility’s services cover 92 cities across China, including Nanjing, Wuhan and Guangzhou. Previously, Huawei’s Petal Travel was only open for test services in Beijing, Shenzhen and Nanjing. This cooperation with T3 Mobility means that its services have been extended to many cities across the country, and it also indicates deep collaboration between the two sides.
T3 Mobility is a venture backed by China’s FAW Group, Dongfeng Motor and Changan Automobile, together with many other well-known enterprises. According to official data, as of May 2022, its service vehicles exceeded 800,000 units, cumulative registered users were close to 95 million, and the peak daily order volume reached 3 million. Besides, T3 Mobility has cooperated with Huawei before, and Huawei Cloud is providing it with AI smart travel solutions to improve operational efficiency and ensure safety.
During the HarmonyOS 3.0 launch conference held at the end of July this year, Huawei announced the launch of Petal Travel. On September 6, Petal Travel officially started public testing, offering services provided by Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, UCAR, Sunshine Mobility and T3 Mobility.
Petal Travel is based on Huawei’s self-developed map engine capability and provides aggregated ride-hailing services. Huawei smartphone users can start the experience through a digital service card through the Harmony system, without needing to download any application. If the smartphone is upgraded to HarmonyOS 3, it also supports the dynamic display of ride-hailing order information, such as waiting time estimation, order information, status and so on.
Huawei said that in the initial stage of its launch, Petal Travel also provided users with discount benefits through Huawei Pay. In addition, Petal Travel will support voice control, a smartwatch version, multi-device collaboration and other functions in future updates.
Different from Didi, Huawei’s online ride-hailing service does not directly provide travel services, but adopts an aggregation mode, which is also the practice adopted by AutoNavi, Meituan and other enterprises exploring the online car-hailing industry. In addition, the data previously released by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Device BG, showed that the number of Huawei devices equipped with HarmonyOS exceeded 300 million.