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Didi drivers dawdle in Jing’an

JING’AN Temple is the worst place in Shanghai to use your Didi taxi-booking app, its developer said in a report released yesterday.

Based on data collected last year from the company’s users and drivers, the report — co-produced by CBNData and the Watching Institute — said that people waited longer for a Didi cab at the Buddhist shrine on Nanjing Road W. than anywhere else in the city. The areas around the Bund and Yuyuan Garden took the dubious honor of having the second- and third-longest waiting times.

Meanwhile, people using Didi taxis during the morning and evening rush hours last year took an average of 51 minutes to travel 18.8 kilometers, the report said.

Based on those figures, Shanghai Daily calculated that the taxis were traveling at a mean speed of 22.1kph.

In a study released by Britain’s Ministry of Transport last year, the average speed of all forms of vehicles — not just private-hire taxis — traveling on the streets of London on weekday mornings was 23.8kph.

Didi claims to have about 300 million app users and 10 million registered drivers across the country.


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