Alipay has entered its first deal to integrate mobility solutions, partnering UK mobility startup, Splyt Technologies, to give Chinese travellers in-app access to a global ride-hailing inventory.
Chinese tourists are now able to hail taxis on demand when overseas through Alipay, without having to download a new app.
The Splyt platform, which reaches 1.5 billion users in over 50 countries and territories, will provide Alipay users access to its network of transport partners in over 1,000 cities.
At launch, Alipay users from mainland China are able to use mobility services from Splyt partners in the UK, the UAE and South-east Asia, with further coverage across the globe being rolled out later this summer.
All payment is processed in the user’s preferred currency. In addition to 24/7 customer support, an in-app chat function is available to help passengers communicate with drivers even if they don’t speak the same language.
“Consumers don’t want 100 different apps – they want tools that make their lives easier,” said Kiki Wu, director of business development, cross-border business, Alipay.
“This brand-new taxi hailing mini programme makes it possible to search, book and pay for taxi rides in our users’ native currency. Partnering with Splyt gives us unparalleled access to a roster of transport providers across the world that will make getting around when travelling easier.”