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'Click-away' taxi-hailing app begins trial in Shanghai

By Cao Chen in Shanghai | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-09-28 20:36
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A passenger tries on the new app installed in one of the city's taxi waiting zones to hire a taxi. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A new taxi-hailing application available to Android and iOS systems commenced trial operations in Shanghai on Monday, allowing users to hire a taxi with only one click, as it requires no input of destination information.

The more user-friendly setting is set to offer more convenience to the senior population, who have been struggling to keep up with the new technology on a daily basis.

Supervised by the city government and SAIC Motor, the application, called Shen Cheng Chu Xing, will provide users access to over 20,000 taxis by 100 taxi companies in the city.

The app can automatically detect the real-time location of passengers and this will help drivers reach a pick-up location more efficiently and lower the chances of taxis roaming around the city without passengers, according to Yuan Dongliang, general manager of the application.

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