Uber starts motorbike taxi service in Indonesian capital
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Ride-hailing app Uber has launched a motorbike taxi service in the Indonesian capital where Southeast Asian rivals Go-Jek and Grab are already battling for dominance.
Jakarta is one of the world’s most congested cities and motorbike taxis ordered from a smartphone app have exploded in popularity in the past 18 months as a way to beat the traffic.
Uber said Wednesday that its “UberMotor” service would provide cheap and reliable transportation for potentially hundreds of thousands of people.
The company used a local social media and YouTube star Arief Muhammad to launch its service, saying he was the first person in Jakarta to use an Uber motorcycle taxi.
Both Go-Jek and Grab both claim to be the biggest provider of motorbike taxi rides in Indonesia.
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