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Yidao set to overturn car rental market on its head

By Liu Zheng ( Updated: 2015-03-07 07:43

Yidao set to overturn car rental market on its head

A Chinese employee talks with a visitor at the stand of online car rental service provider or Yidao Yongche during the 2014 Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC 2014) in Beijing, China, May 5 2014.[Photo/IC]

In his speech, "The plan for work in 2015" made at the National People's Congress opening ceremony, Premier Li Keqiang claimed that new forms of Internet-based spending, including online-to-offline (O2O) services, will "come to thrive".

As an O2O business model in the transportation sector, chauffeur-driven car-on-demand services powered by the mobile Internet, have provide a new way to travel and are growing rapidly in China.

Yidao set to overturn car rental market on its head

Zhu Yueyi,co-founder and vice-president of [Photo provided to]

Here we present an exclusive interview with Zhu Yueyi, co-founder and vice-president of Yidao, or, one of the major players in this booming market.

China Daily Website:

How do you view "mobile transport"?


The chauffeur-driven car-on-demand service is a new product that reveals how mobile Internet has changed people's travel habits.

If taxi-hailing apps are information-sharing hubs for drivers, taxi companies and individual passengers, then chauffeur-driven car-on-demand apps are not just an Internet-based service, but a service that disrupts the traditional car rental industry.

Before the birth of this new business model, the car rental market was not user-friendly as there was only one booking method and it was complicated.

In the past, customers who wanted to rent a car had to visit physical stores operated by vehicle rental companies and spend time on paperwork before they could switch on the ignition.

Previously, if you needed a ride to the airport, you had to book in advance, as the rental company needed to inform one of their drivers, and the customer might possibly be charged for a four-hour rent rather than a one-way rental.

The mobile Internet based chauffeur-driven car-on-demand service has liberated cars from traditional vehicle rental companies.

The market is a new battlefield for Yidao and other competitors. More products and business models will appear on the market in years to come and customers who require a better travel experience will be their target consumers.

China Daily Website:

How to understand "the merger is not necessarily good as dreams cannot be achieved by money",a public comment made on the merger of Yidao's two competitors, Didi and Kuaidi ?


The merger of Tencent-backed Didi and Alibaba-backed Kuaidi undoubtedly marks the beginning of the battle of taxi-hailing apps for the chauffeur-driven car market.

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