One of the first investors in Chinese carpooling application Click Dida said it has held talks with the US Ride-hailing app Uber Technologies Inc to help grow Dida in a market of 99 percent controlled by Didi Dache and kuaidi Dache.
Andy Zhang, CFO Investor Dida Bitauto Holdings Ltd, told Reuters last week that met with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in Beijing to discuss possible investment or tie-ups.
Uber spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter.
Investing in Dida Uber could give a second avenue in a fast-growing Chinese market for mobile services hails ride. An alliance would also help to dent the near monopoly of Didi and kuaidi, which last month announced a $ 6 billion merger.
Applications carpool have had a troubled start to life, with regulators in Beijing and other cities around the world prohibit applications that generate income from drivers who do not have business licenses. That has not stopped them from attracting huge investments by Internet giants such as Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
Dida does not collect income - unlike Didi, kuaidi and Uber - although his eventual goal is to monetize your application. Currently, coincides with the drivers and passengers and contribute to fuel parking, for example, so that costs about half that of a taxi.
Dida CEO George Song declined to comment on the talks with potential partners, but said Dida is looking for a third round of investment. And earlier this year raised $ 10 million in its first round closed for a second, led by Bitauto car sales platform.
Song said Dida, who has recorded 2 million users in 8 cities since its launch in May, would be open to investment professional taxi or car Uber native applications.
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