Today Lyft and Chinese ride-hailing company DiDi Chuxing (formerly DiDi Kuaidi) unveiled a major partnership allowing users of each service to hail rides from either app. Specifically, the deal will enable Lyft users to hail DiDi rides while in China and vice versa.
Lyft shared the news during a media event in New York and revealed that DiDi invested $100 million in the company “earlier this year.” The partnership was first revealed by the Wall Street Journal.
During the event, Lyft president John Zimmer called the deal “our first step towards global coverage.”
“It’s just the start of our broad partnership, which will include financial components, and technological, product components,” he said.
By partnering with Lyft, DiDi and its investors continue the entertaining trend of throwing money at just about anything that isn’t Uber.
DiDi also made headlines today for a rumored partnership with food delivery startup Ele.me.