Meanwhile, it’s afternoon in Chongqing, and Yifei is already smitten with car2share. He uses the app to locate a nearby smart car; he walks there, hops in, and drives to a market ten kilometres away to shop for his restaurants. He fills the boot with melons, poultry and a stack of serviettes. “The smart is small, but it does what it needs to,” he says, delighted. After a quick stop at the office, he visits his business partner in another part of the city. He is finally mobile. His final thoughts? “I feel more free. I’ve really got used to using the service now, especially for picking up provisions,” he says, before he and the car disappear into Chongqing’s sea of lights.