July 27, 2017

Grab ropes in taxis for ride sharing

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By Grab (Grab official website) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

While some cabbies have voiced concerns about the lower fares from services such as JustGrab and GrabShare, others have welcomed the new technology. The latest attempt to get commuters to share cabs is being launched next week.

Grab announced that, from next Tuesday, the GrabShare option, which lets commuters share a private-hire car to cut the price of a trip, will also include taxis. Fares for the service will be up to 30 per cent cheaper than those for Grab’s private-hire service, GrabCar.

GrabTaxi Singapore head Melvin Vu said Grab is "excited to bring taxi-sharing back to Singapore".

"Since launching GrabShare in December, we have been studying trip data and refining our matching algorithm to better match passengers with similar routes to the nearest available driver," he said.

A spokesman for the Public Transport Council said the council had reviewed Grab’s proposal and had no objections.

In March, the ride-hailing firm introduced JustGrab, tying up with five taxi firms – SMRT, Trans-Cab, Premier, Prime and HDT Singapore Taxi – to bring upfront fares and dynamic pricing to taxis here. Instead of having to cruise around and look for passengers, they are able to pick up and drop off more people in the same amount […]

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