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Safety Move by Didi, Chinese Ride-Hailing App, May Strand Women at Night

BEIJING — Didi Chuxing, China’s answer to Uber, wanted to make sure its car-pooling service was absolutely safe for female passengers.So when it relaunches the late-night version of the service this week after the shocking murder of a female passenger by a driver made headlines across China, it will include a rule designed to protect women: It won’t let male drivers pick up female passengers in the after-hours.The new measure left many of Didi’s female customers perplexed. As anyone who has ever hitched a ride through Didi can tell you, finding a female driver can be a tall order regardless of the time of day. Must women…

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Waymo to Buy Up to 62,000 Chrysler Minivans for Ride-Hailing Service

Waymo, the driverless-technology company spun out of Google, has agreed to purchase as many as 62,000 minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for use in a ride-hailing service set to begin commercial operations later this year.The announcement on Thursday is the latest sign that Waymo is counting on a rapid liftoff for the service. In March, it agreed to purchase up to 20,000 compact cars for the service from Jaguar Land Rover beginning in 2019.Both the Chrysler Pacifica minivans and the Jaguar cars will be equipped with the radars, cameras and sensors that Waymo has developed to enable the vehicles to drive themselves on public roads. Waymo plans…

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Killing Spurs Didi, China’s Ride-Hailing Giant, to Revamp Its Service

BEIJING — Didi Chuxing, China’s wildly popular ride-sharing service, said on Wednesday that it would overhaul its app and its safety and security practices, after reports that a passenger had been raped and killed by her driver.The passenger, Li Mingzhu, 21, a flight attendant, was found dead last Saturday after hailing a ride downtown from the airport in the northern Chinese city of Zhengzhou on May 6, according to state media. Didi Chuxing has faced a widening array of complaints from female passengers in recent days, as nationwide attention has focused on the company in the aftermath of the killing.Didi Chuxing is similar to Uber, and indeed…

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