Meituan re-launches ride-hailing app, stressing data protection amid Didi's regulatory woes
Published: Jul 11, 2021 12:29 PM
Meituan Dache photo: CFP

Meituan Dache photo: VCG

Meituan Dache, the ride-hailing app of China's online food delivery giant Meituan, was re-launched on app stores from Friday, after apps of Didi Chuxing were barred from registering new users and were removed from app stores.

The Service Agreement and Privacy Policy of the newly launched Meituan Dache emphasizes user privacy, stating that the platform would not transfer user data to unauthorized third parties, and would not use user data for unauthorized purposes.

The Meituan Dache app was launched in February 2017 and was merged into Meituan App in April 2019. Within 10 days after Meituan launched its car-hailing service in 2018 in Shanghai, it captured one-third of the local market, media reported.

But in June 2019, Metuan Dache was removed from app stores in order to control costs following sustained losses, said Meituan. The ride-hailing app of Meituan served as an integration platform that accommodated other ride-hailing companies.

China is now the world's largest car-hailing market. The country accounted for 13.1 percent of global ride-hailing consumption in 2020, with a market size of 5.7 trillion yuan ($879.8 billion), and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.1 percent to reach 10.6 trillion yuan by 2025, according to a report by TF Securities.

Didi Chuxing app accounted for about 90 percent of active users in ride-hailing in October 2020, with 77.755 million active users, the report shows.