Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is plowing 100 million yuan ($14.3 million) into a project to install protective plastic sheets in its cars in China in order to separate drivers from passengers and prevent the further spread of the Covid-19 virus, according to a company statement emailed to Caixin.
The project is seen as a move by Didi to boost user confidence and improve its badly hit business amid the outbreak, which has caused Chinese people to avoid public transport, including taxis.
Earlier this month, Didi began to pilot the initiative in several cities including Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, on the instruction of medical experts.
Didi has also uploaded a tutorial onto its app so that drivers can learn where to buy and how to install the protective plastic sheets by themselves. The company offers a 15 yuan ($2.14) subsidy for each driver’s first self-installation, the company said in a separate statement on its public WeChat account.
The Beijing-based firm, which is reportedly among a list of more than 300 Chinese businesses applying for preferential bank loans to offset the financial impact of the outbreak, has carried out a series of measures to combat the disease, which has so far killed more than 2,000 people in China.
The company has also required its drivers to wear face masks, take their temperature every day, and disinfect and ventilate their vehicles regularly.
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