Days after a rape and murder of Didi Chuxing passenger China has guaranteed to secure inspection and supervision of its transportation section. The passenger Didi Chuxing was raped and then murdered by her driver that sparkled social media anger and complelling the firm to suspend its carpool service.
The murder of a young 20 years old passenger in the eastern city of Wenzhou is not the first such incident to happen it is the second incident since May. denting the image of Didi, which is the world’s largest ride-hailing firm by the number of rides and is expanding globally.
Didi Chuxing Technology Co., is a major Chinese ride-sharing, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous technology conglomerate founded by Cheng Wei, providing transportation services for 550 million users across over 400 cities.
Its headquarters is located in Beijing. It provides services including taxi hailing, private car hailing, Hitch (social ride-sharing), DiDi Designated Driving, DiDi Bus, DiDi Test Drive, DiDi Car Sharing, DiDi Enterprise Solutions, DiDi Minibus, DiDi Luxe, bike and e-bike sharing and food delivery to users in China via a smartphone application
The killing of a 20-year-old passenger in the eastern city of Wenzhou is the second such incident since May,
On Monday The National Development and Reform Omission (NDRC)stated that diverse government departments will puts to improve and filter overall governance operations and will enlarge the use of country’s fledgling social credit system across the transport sector.
Didi Chuxing had “unshirkable responsibility” for what happened to the passenger
On Sunday the Police of China and the ministry of transport stated that Didi Chuxing had “unshirkable responsibility” for what happened to the passenger after she got into a Didi carpooling service vehicle on Friday.
On Sunday Didi said it will suspend its Hitch carpooling service from Aug. 27 due to “disappointing mistakes” while the company re-evaluated the product’s business model, and said it had removed two executives from their positions. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the NDRC statement.
Zhong driver detained Confessed Raping and Killing the passenger
Police said a 27-year-old driver named Zhong was detained at about 4 a.m. on Saturday and confessed to raping and killing the passenger.
Suspect had no prior Criminal Record
Didi said that the suspect had no prior criminal record, had provided authentic documentation and passed a facial recognition test before starting work. However, it also said there was a complaint made against the driver on Thursday by a passenger who alleged the driver took her to a remote place and followed her after she got out of the car.
Didi’s backers include Japan’s Soft Bank Group Corp, Apple Inc and US-based ride-hailing giant Uber, whose China business Didi acquired in 2016, making Didi the dominant operator in the world’s most populous country, with 30 million rides a day.
Didi, which was valued at $56 billion in a fundraising round last year, has been expanding into overseas markets including Australia and Mexico, going head-to-head with Uber. The company has also prepared for an initial public offering as soon as this year, according to people familiar with its plans.
After a 21-year-old flight attendant was murdered in May, allegedly by her Didi driver, the company unveiled a series of measures to improve safety, including limiting the hours during which carpool drivers can pick up passengers of the opposite sex, and testing an “escort mode” on its app enabling passengers to share their routes and destinations with emergency contacts.
Hitch allows users to hail a car via their smartphone and share a ride with someone else headed in the same direction.
After the May incident, it also disabled features such as profile pictures, ratings and public tags from its carpooling service, and said it would extend facial recognition requirements to other services and redesign its emergency help function.
The latest grisly episode triggered an outpouring of criticism on social media, with more than 5,000 comments as of Monday morning on the Twitter-like Weibo service reacting to Didi’s official apology post.
“I don’t dare to use Didi in the future,” one said.