Now, when you order a ride from Didi car-hailing app Didi in Shanghai, chances are it will arrive, equipped with drinks for purchase. Passengers can buy their selected beverage by scanning the QR code on the back of the chair.
The service is brought to passengers by Mobile Go, an in-car service provider which entered the Shanghai market this week, as reported by Sohu. Currently, there are approximately 1,000 cars from the Didi platform with the drinks service installed.
“All I have to pay is the deposit of RMB199 for the container,” Chen Gang, one of the drivers, told Shine. “Then, every product I sell grants me a profit of 20 percent.” Apart from the drinks, Mobile Go offer additional services such as phone chargers and Wi-Fi.
Image via Sohu
That being said, the same concerns regarding safety and hygiene of the beverages still exists. Moreover, regulations around this business model remain vague and require further development. Therefore, it remains to be seen whether this incarnation of the convenience store taxis will also become shut down by local authorities, or if they manage to continue in the future.
[Top image via Sohu]