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China's Biggest Ride-Hailing Company Trying to Stay in Business By Using Extreme Measures

Thinking outside the box, Didi Chuxing ride-hailing company is finding novel ways to protect both passengers and drivers.

China's largest ride-hailing company, Didi Chuxing, comes to the rescue again amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Earlier this year, the company organized a fleet of volunteers to transport medical staff in Wuhan completely free of charge. 

Now, Didi Chuxing is trying out new ways to stay in business amid the lockdown, and low public transportation rates, during the coronavirus outbreak. One such measure is installing protective sheets between the drivers and their passengers. 

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It's quite simple really: Didi Chuxing's fleet of drivers has a perfectly-fitted protective plastic sheet installed to the cars, and that's about it. 

The sheet blocks the driver from the passengers so that no party is able to touch, cough, sneeze, or somehow contaminate the other during the ride.

China's Biggest Ride-Hailing Company Trying to Stay in Business By Using Extreme Measures
A worker beginning the process of the protective measures, Source: Shenzhen Public Transport Administration, Shenzhen Hong Kong Group, Jingbao

Given the small and enclosed space inside a car it's easy to understand why people in coronavirus-stricken China would not be so keen to jump into a ride-sharing vehicle.

Perhaps Didi Chuxing's method will counteract that and enable passengers to travel safely, as well as maintaining good business for the company and its drivers.

China's Biggest Ride-Hailing Company Trying to Stay in Business By Using Extreme Measures
Installing the tubes into the cars, Source: Shenzhen Public Transport Administration, Shenzhen Hong Kong Group, Jingbao

The Shenzhen-Hong Kong Group has taken the lead in creating these protective measures for Didi Chuxing's fleet of drivers. 

Because the protective sheet is transparent, the driver can still safely see movement from vehicles behind them, as well as what their passengers are up to.

China's Biggest Ride-Hailing Company Trying to Stay in Business By Using Extreme Measures
Taping the protective sheet into place, Source: Shenzhen Public Transport Administration, Shenzhen Hong Kong Group, Jingbao

Sometimes it's the simplest methods that render the best results.

The coronavirus is easily passed from human to human and has already infected over 40,000 people worldwide, and killed over 900 in China alone. Many cities surrounding Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, are in complete lockdown. 

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Allowing people the comfort and security to travel freely, behind a protective sheet, will surely be a welcome addition to those for whom this is available.

China's Biggest Ride-Hailing Company Trying to Stay in Business By Using Extreme Measures
Happy customers and happy driver, Source: Shenzhen Public Transport Administration, Shenzhen Hong Kong Group, Jingbao
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