Chinese rideshare company DiDi will launch in Sydney almost two years after it arrived in Australia, ending speculation about when the company would launch in the harbour city.
DiDi will officially be available for riders and drivers in Sydney on March 16.
The app has more than two million users and provides three services to Australians – Express which is similar to UberX, Share a carpool service and 7-seater option, Max.
As part of its Sydney launch, DiDi will launch its Express and Max services. Before coming to Sydney, DiDi operated in seven cities across New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.
Last year, DiDi launched its Express service in Newcastle instead of Sydney as it is a “regional commercial and cultural hub with a vibrant, young university population”.
Lyn Ma, General Manager at DiDi Australia said, “DiDi’s entry into the global economic and cultural hub of Sydney is a huge milestone for our continued expansion across Australia and we’re confident that Sydneysiders will enjoy our industry-leading level of service and pricing which has proved amazingly popular in our other Australian cities.”
Ma said, “The trust our users have shown us is truly humbling and inspiring. We are eager to work alongside local stakeholders in the Sydney transportation industry, along with using leading AI technologies and local operational expertise, to innovate and build a better, trusted product with the aim to be Sydney’s preferred ridesharing platform.”
DiDi has opened a DiDi Driver Hub in North Strathfield to onboard and prepare its driver partners for the upcoming launch.
The rideshare company said riders who sign up before March 16 will receive 50 per cent off rides for the first four weeks of launch. Drivers who also sign on to use the app before the launch date will receive early-bird offers.
DiDi is currently available in Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Geelong and Gold Coast.