Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi in which Apple invested $1 billion last year has now started accepting Apple Pay as a payment option. This will allow Chinese customers to use their iPhone to pay for their rides on Didi.
With the addition of Apple Pay, Didi now supports WeChat Pay, Alipay, QQ Wallet, CMB OneNet Service, and international credit cards.
Chinese iPhone owners already had the option of booking a cab on Didi using Siri through their Apple Watch or from the Apple Maps app.
Despite Apple’s best efforts, Apple Pay continues to lag behind Alipay and WeChat Pay in terms of market share. The other two payment services absolutely dominate the Chinese market, while Apple Pay has only around 1% market share. While this move should help increase Apple Pay traction among Chinese customers, it’s still not going to be enough to take on Alipay and WeChat Pay.
While Uber is dominating the ride-hailing taxi market across the globe, it is Didi which is ruling the Chinese market. The ride-hailing company is also adding the option of booking Didi Luxe, its luxury limousine service, in English. The service launched last month and is currently only available in Beijing, with a Taiwan launch expected next month.