Softbank, DiDi Start Taxi-Hailing Service in Osaka

Economy

Osaka, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--A joint venture between Japan's Softbank Corp. and China's DiDi Chuxing started on Thursday a taxi-hailing service in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan.

The service by DiDi Mobility Japan Corp., available on a free smartphone app, targets visitors to Japan and others.

In the service, available taxis running nearby will head to a boarding point to pick up customers after users input their destinations into the app.

Over 1,000 vehicles from 12 taxi companies operating in areas around Kansai International Airport and in the city of Osaka are available via the service.

The service combines the planning ability of the Japanese telecommunications company with the advanced artificial intelligence of the Chinese ride-hailing giant.

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