Panama is a virgin market for DiDi, where American firm Uber and Spains Cabify have already operated.
The option to pay in cash, an important feature in a region where many customers dont qualify for credit card accounts, follows a Panamanian Supreme Court decision in December that struck down a ban on cash payments to app-powered transportation services.
The service will initially begin in the capital Panama City, offering users the option to pay in cash or with a credit card, Carolina Murillo, DiDis head of communications for Central America, said in an interview Monday with local RPC radio.
According to DiDis general director for Central America, Pablo Mondragon, Panama will be the companys second Central American market, after Costa Rica, where it began operations in November.
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Chinese ride-hailing platform DiDi Chuxing on Monday announced its launch of operations in Panama as part of its expansion plan in Latin America.
平博体育rideQQhailing platform starts operations in Panama