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Didi is temporarily stopping late-night services

The service will be suspended for a week. What did we do before ride-sharing apps were a thing?

Photograph: courtesy Didi
Ride-sharing and taxi booking app Didi Chuxing announced yesterday that it will be suspending late-night services from 11pm-5am starting from Saturday 8 to Saturday 15, according to China Daily.

The announcement comes after two suspected cases of rape and murder of Didi passengers occurred in the last three months. Since then, the company has been under heavy scrutiny for its safety measures and driver vetting procedures.

Didi said it will not 'shirk from responsibility', in a statement according to SCMP.

The widely popular app has pushed to introduce a new 'safety centre' app menu with a one-touch police calling function. No word on whether the safety feature rollout will include the video and audio recording safety feature they've been testing. Didi also has plans to increase customer service personnel from the current 5,000 to 8,000 in order to handle the 2.12 million customer calls it receives daily.

All this sounds promising, but we're sure you're wondering, 'how will I get a cab at 3am this weekend after Found 158?' Don’t panic. Meituan Dache is still available as is the old school way of hailing a cab on the side of the street, if people still do that?

If all else fails, try calling these taxi booking companies recommended by the official Shanghai tourism website.

Qiangsheng: 6258 0000
Dazhong: 96822
Jinjiang: 96961
Bashi: 96840

Or you could bike. Just be sure to check the brakes on any shared bikes you are about to rent.

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