According to informed sources, this function is still in the testing stage. Relying on the WeChat ecology, the platform has open access to compliant travel service providers. Together with travel service providers, it provides users with aggregated travel services, instead of Tencent undertaking its own car-hailing service.
The car-hailing function adopts an aggregated taxi mode and is divided into economy travel and comfort travel. At present, it is connected to several car-hailing platforms such as Caocao Mobility, Yangguang Chuxing, Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, T3 Travel, and others. The APP is currently offering a maximum discount of 60%. At present, users in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and other first- and second-tier cities can use this service.
Tencent has cooperated with Ruqi Travel to launch car-hailing services in some areas of Guangdong before. This time, many more car-hailing service providers are connected with Tencent‘s Travel Service, and the number of cities with car-hailing services has also increased significantly.
Recently, Huawei also entered the online car-hailing market by launching its “Petal Travel”. The APP underwent a series of public tests in member centers. Huawei also adopts the aggregated car-hailing mode. According to the details of its test tasks, Petal Travel is a fast taxi app that aggregates high-quality online car-hailing suppliers in China.
Huawei’s Petal Travel now supports online car-hailing services in Beijing, Shenzhen and Nanjing. The platform includes Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur and Shenzhou Zhuanche, and the models include economy, comfort, 6-seat business and luxury travel.
Instead of providing online car-hailing services, aggregated taxi platforms have become the choice of more Internet platforms. This is because a converged platform has lower operating costs and lower risks. Moreover, enterprises with huge traffic volumes such as Tencent and Huawei can become connectors for online car-hailing service providers. That is to say, while becoming the interface of the online car-hailing service provider, it can also provide services for its own platform users, improve order efficiency for both the driver and passenger, and increase the driver’s income.