Browse over 9,000 car reviews

Trending News

DiDi introduces hands-free voice commands

Australia is one of the first markets in the world where DiDi has introduced a new hands-free fare confirmation system.

Ride-sharing company DiDi has introduced a new feature for that will keep its drivers safer on the road, voice commands that allow the confirmation of requested trips.

Australia is only the second market behind Japan to gain the new feature, which will first rollout to 1000 select drivers before expanding to the rest of DiDi’s workers later this year.

A joint development from DiDi Australia and its international operations in the US and China, the hands-free app interface is designed in response to stricter mobile phone use driving laws, as well as user feedback.

Drivers will able to confirm fares by simply saying ‘accept trip’ when prompted on their smartphones instead of taking a hand off the wheel and touching the screen.

A ‘night mode’ will also rollout with the update, which will automatic switch between light and dark themes depending on the time of day for less distractions.

Customers will also gain added functionality in the app update, with a Melbourne airport guidance feature that can navigate users to the appropriate pick-up location, a lost item retrieval function that will allow users to contact drivers easily, the ability to set multiple destinations, splitting fares and payment through PayPal.

DiDi Australia boss Lyn Ma said the updates come as a direct result of driver and customer response.

“We appreciate the valuable feedback and insights from our users and local partners, which drive us constantly for product and experience enhancement over the past year in Australia,” he said.

“Our team is excited to offer the most recently developed technology to the local market.

“We believe the approach of listening, localising and collaborating with the communities will make us a preferred transportation platform for Australians.”

Tung Nguyen
News Editor
Having studied journalism at Monash University, Tung started his motoring journalism career more than a decade ago at established publications like Carsales and Wheels magazine. Since then, he has risen through the ranks at GoAuto to Managing Editor before joining the CarsGuide team in 2019 as the newly-appointed News Editor. Since starting at CarsGuide, Tung has spearheaded the push for well-researched and unique stories that will shines a light on the automotive industry for new-car-buying intenders, who might struggle to keep up to date with the fast-paced environment of motoring. The last few years alone have seen an explosion of interest in electric cars, as well as a push for autonomous driving, and as News Editor, it is Tung’s job to stay abreast of all the latest and deliver stories worthy of CarsGuide growing audience.
About Author
Trending News