App ushers xe om into digital age

Friday, Nov 28, 2014 16:39

Malaysia-based GrabTaxi launched a smart phone application named GrabBike on November 27 to connect customers and xe om drivers in HCM City in a simple way. — VNS photo

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — A smart phone application on the popular iOS and Android platforms that allows users to call xe om (motorbike taxi) was launched in HCM City by Malaysia-based GrabTaxi on November 27.

A customer can tap open the GrabBike app to see all the motorbike taxis in their vicinity at that moment and information about the distance of their trip and the fare.

The selected driver contacts the customer by phone from the number provided by the app, and a deal is struck.

The drivers too benefit from the app as it enables them to get more passengers, Nguyen Anh Tuan, executive director of GrabTaxi Viet Nam, said.

US-based Uber and Brazil-based Easy Taxi provide similar services, though only for taxis, in Viet Nam. — VNS

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