After launching in seven new cities over the past two months, bringing the total to 40 on 5 continents, the fast-growing app has plans to open in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong.
The blog Tech in Asia speculates Chinese consumers are likely to embrace Uber because of a general shortage of cabs and growing restrictions on private cars. In Beijing license plate lotteries have long odds; in Shanghai a license plate can cost more than the car itself. However, Uber already has well established local rivals, particularly Yongche, a two-year old startup that’s in 38 Chinese cities.
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