More multi-digit deals in the global taxi app sector, the biggest of which is China’s Didi closing a $5.5 billion funding round.
Didi is China’s dominant taxi app business – although it now calls itself a “transportation platform” – and, like many Chinese tech-based businesses – is active beyond China. Its statement confirming the $5.5 billion raise said that the cash would “support its global strategy and continued investments in AI-based technologies.”
Elsewhere, Gett has acquired Juno, a ride hailing business based in Tel Aviv but which operates in New York. While the tie-up has been confirmed via Gett’s official Twitter feed, few concrete details have emerged about the price paid – TechCrunch claims that it was $200 million.
Around the same time that Apple was investing in Didi, Gett also picked up a big name backer, with Volkswagen Group injecting $300 million into the business.
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