Logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters building in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters building in Beijing, China. Photo: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

China’s ride-hailing giant Didi has announced a series of new safety measures for its ride-sharing service Hitch after two female passengers were raped and killed by their drivers last year.

On Thursday, Didi put forward added safety features on Hitch, but the company said in a statement that had no definite timetable to launch them, the Paper reported.

In the past 300 days, Didi’s Hitch had undertaken 12 operational revisions, with 226 new functions added, such as enhanced requirements to become a registered driver.

The company said it will also minimize the display of personal information, offer an in-app pop-up which allows drivers and passengers to double check the identity of people before and during their trip.

A program has also been proposed to enhance safety for female drivers and passengers, where they can get some general information – such as the driver’s age, the vehicle’s model and age, and the last time the driver checked in their vehicle – by facial identification.

Female commuters would also be advised to enable a journey sharing function, which tracks if the vehicle is following the designated route and also records conversations inside the vehicle.

It was also revealed that Didi plans to form a partnership with Chinese insurers to provide up to 1.2 million yuan (US$174,502) in accident insurance.

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