Ride-sharing giant Uber has unveiled a new car-sharing service for commuters, which will be launched first in Chengdu.
Uber said the plan is “an entirely new product for drivers” that enables drivers who commute longer distances to share the cost of the trip.
“It’s carpooling at the press of a button,” the company said on its blog, unveiling the service called UberCommute.
Uber has become Silicon Valley’s biggest venture-funded startup, valued at US$50 billion, having grown its ride-sharing services to dozens of countries, despite protests from the taxi industry and regulators.
“We’ve chosen China to pilot UberCommute — the first time we’ve launched a new global product outside the United States — because of the tremendous appetite amongst Chinese drivers and riders for creative new ways to get from A to B, affordably and reliably,” Uber said.
“Over time we hope to adapt UberCommute for other cities around the world so that more people can carpool, helping reduce costs for everyone while also cutting congestion.”
China is a key battleground for ride-sharing services.