Uber explores partnership with Indonesian taxi company Express Group

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In May, Go-Jek had also announced a partnership with Express Group’s competitor Blue Bird Group

Ride-hailing giant Uber and Indonesian leading transportation company Express Group today announced a collaboration in form of a ride-sharing integration and financing scheme pilot programmes in Jakarta.

Under the partnership, Express taxi drivers will be able to pick up customers using the Uber app. But unlike Grab’s taxi-booking feature GrabTaxi, which is in form a special section in its app to book taxis, the Express taxi will be available under the UberX feature.

Customers will be notified if the car that have been picked for them happens to be an Express taxi. Express taxis will also be using UberX tariff scheme.

Apart from booking, Express taxi drivers will also have the option to apply for (unbranded) car installments via Uber’s Vehicle Solutions programme.

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In May, Uber’s toughest rival in the country Go-Jek announced an up-and-coming partnership with Blue Bird Group, another taxi company that is often seen as a competitor to Express Group. Though up until now there is no update about how the partnership is going to be like, or even whether it is still good to go, this indicates that after a period of tough competition (that led to massive strikes earlier this year), ride-hailing startups and taxi giants in Indonesia have finally entered a period of peace.

Express Group is one of the leading taxi companies in Indonesia, which claimed to have 11,000 units of taxi across the country. Prior to this partnership, it has partnered with Indosat Ooredoo-backed startup SITU to launch MyTrip, a taxi-booking app. It was also Grab’s taxi partner when the startup first introduced GrabTaxi in the Indonesian market.

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