Lyft, China's Didi Kuaidi expand alliance to India, SE Asia

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Posted: Dec 03, 2015 4:01 PM

BEIJING (AP) — Ride-hailing services Didi Kuaidi of China and Lyft of the United States have expanded their alliance to new regions by adding India's Ola and Southeast Asia's GrabTaxi.

Customers of each company will be able to use their apps to book private cars, taxis or other transportation in each other's region, the companies said Thursday.

The expansion of the alliance formed in September by Didi Kuaidi and Lyft steps up competitive pressure on rival Uber.

"This is a win for the diversity and vitality of the global ride share industry," said Didi Kuaidi CEO Cheng Wei in a statement.

Didi Kuaidi says it serves some 200 million people in 360 Chinese cities. The company says it accounts for 80 percent of China's private car service market and more than 90 percent of its taxi hailing service market.

San Francisco-based Lyft operates in more than 190 U.S. cities.

GrabTaxi, founded in 2012, offers private cars, motocycle taxi and other services in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.

Ola operates in 102 Indian cities and says it is the country's most popular app for personal transportation.