The car-hailing app services generally feature more comfortable vehicles and come with higher fares than ordinary taxis.
“The city still has a huge market potential to be tapped. The demand for car-hailing services will grow with the city’s development,” an unidentified source from Didi was quoted by the paper as saying.
Car-hailing services are provided by three operators in Shenzhen: Tencent-backed Didi Zhuanche, Alibaba-backed Kuaidi Zhuanche and the U.S.-based Uber.
Both Didi and Kuaidi also provide ordinary taxi hailing services through different apps.
To provide Uber-like services, the two companies signed agreements with licensed car rental companies to use their vehicles and drivers.
Uber is currently operating in nine Chinese cities including Shenzhen, but it has not released performance reports for the city, the paper said.
There were 154 million accounts on taxi hailing apps in China by September last year, according to statistics from Beijing-based Analysis, a business solutions provider.
Kuaidi has 54.4 percent of these and Didi has 44.9 percent.