Uber’s rival Taxify has Raised $175 million in their new funding led by Daimler. The new funding has welcomed Taxify to the unicorn Family after the valuation goes to the $ 1 billion. The company said it plans to deploy the capital to develop its technology and make further expansions in Europe and Africa.

Given its extensive interest in mobility, it makes sense that Daimler is backing Taxify,  which has emerged as the main contender battling Uber in Europe and Africa, while it has also forayed into Australia, too. Surprisingly, the round is the first major fundraising moment for Taxify, which had raised just €2 million ($2.4 million) prior to Didi’s undisclosed investment last year.

“We’re on a mission to build the future of mobility, and it’s great to have the support of investors like Daimler and Didi,” said CEO and co-founder Markus Villig in a statement. “This is just the beginning as more and more people give up on car ownership and opt for on-demand transportation.”

“We go into markets where ride-sharing is already a proven concept… we come in and we improve on that by having just cheaper commissions and giving more back to the riders and drivers. We don’t want to get into this regulatory troubles and be wasting millions in lobby battles,” he told Bloomberg in an interview last year.

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