Didi Chuxing, one of the most popular ride sharing services in China, announced new safety measures and a few other changes on Wednesday. The changes come after the news that a passenger had been raped and killed by the driver of the ride she had arranged through Didi.
Local media reported that the passenger ordered the ride on May 6 and was found dead on Saturday. The passenger, Li Mingzhu, a flight attendant, ordered the ride from an airport in the city of Zhengzhou.
Didi Chuxing has millions of users in China and other parts of the world. The service is very popular in China and it offers a number of options for users. The service that the victim used was Didi Hitch, a service that is a little bit cheaper than the other options offered by the company.
The Didi Hitch service has drawn criticism and raised concerns from users since drivers have a feature in which they can add notes about the users. The company suspended the service after the murder and said earlier today that it will revamp it.
The service will remove some of the features, including the option to leave personalized tags and ratings of the users. The company will also replace the profile pictures of passengers with generic images.
The changes also bring a number of safety measures, including background checks for the drivers. The drivers will also be required to confirm their identity through facial recognition before each ride. Reports said the passenger was killed by a person that did not have a Didi account. The account he reportedly used belongs to his father.
The company recently released a statement saying that it is deeply saddened by and sorry about the tragedy. The statement finishes by saying that its responsibilities in this case are undeniable. Didi Chuxing has said that all the safety measures will be introduced by the end of the month.
Didi Chuxing, founded in 2012, has quickly become a popular option in China. The company provides transportation services to more than 400 million users. In August 2016, the company acquired Uber’s China business. Earlier this year, the company confirmed its acquisition of Brazil’s 99. The move came a year after the company made a $100 million investment on it. The acquisition gives it some presence in Latin America, where rivals such as Easy Taxi and Uber are popular.