On August 31, Sina Tech learned from an insider that Petal Travel, a car-hailing platform launched by Huawei in July this year, is planning a new expansion. Following a few cities such as Beijing, Shenzhen and Nanjing, Petal Travel plans to enter the national market, and is currently negotiating full access with another ride-hailing platform, T3 Go.
At the HarmonyOS 3.0 launch conference at the end of July this year, Huawei officially launched the Petal Travel. The platform is based on Huawei’s self-developed map engine capability and provides aggregated car-hailing services. Users do not need to download the application and can get the same experience using the service card, which can be used together on smartphones, watches, tablets, PCs and other devices.
Huawei has been offering this online car-hailing service for some time and chose to adopt the aggregation mode, which is also used by AutoNavi, Meituan and other enterprises, to enter the market. In the early days, Petal Travel gathered Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur and UCAR, but only provided services in a few cities such as Beijing, Shenzhen and Nanjing.
In the field of travel, Huawei is showing greater ambition. According to the insider, Petal Travel aims to enter the national market, intends to contact more online car-hailing service providers, and is currently negotiating full access with T3 Go.
It is worth noting that in recent years, safety and compliance have become the most important factors affecting the development of the online car-hailing industry, and the same is true of the aggregation mode. Huawei also has an obvious tendency in the choice of partners. Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, UCAR, and T3 Go, have stronger control over compliance capacity.
According to data previously disclosed by Cui Dayong, CEO of T3 Go, it has entered 92 cities across the country, with a compliance capacity of over 800,000 vehicles, ranking first in the industry. If T3 Go grants full access, then the number of cities covered by Huawei’s Petal Travel will be expanded to 92, and the capacity compliance can be guaranteed.
In addition, according to sources, if Huawei and T3 Go reach an agreement, the areas of cooperation between the two parties may not only involve online car-hailing, but may even involve new energy vehicles, automated driving and other businesses.