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Grab launches carpooling solution

Released at: 14:33, 10/05/2017

Grab launches carpooling solution

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Service underway in HCMC, with passengers accessing cheaper fares and roads having less congestion.

by Ngoc Chi

Grab has officially launched GrabShare in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s first on-demand commercial carpooling solution.

GrabShare relies on existing GrabCars to provide passengers with rides that are up to 30 per cent cheaper compared to standard GrabCar fares while also helping drivers earn more by completing two passenger bookings in a single trip.

By encouraging passengers to share their car ride, GrabShare matches two bookings in one trip to maximize a vehicle’s capacity, thus reducing the number of cars needed and helping ease congestion and reducing carbon emissions.

GrabShare uses GrabCar (private hire car-hailing) to provide the company’s fourth transport option in Vietnam and complements GrabTaxi (taxi-hailing) and GrabBike (private hire motorbike-hailing). GrabShare is testament to Grab’s commitment to developing tailored solutions to solve local transport challenges and improve people’s lives.

“GrabShare gets passengers to carpool to their destinations with a more pocket-friendly fare with minimal detours, while reducing the need to add more cars on our roads by using our existing pool of GrabCar drivers,” said Mr. Jerry Lim, Grab Vietnam’s Country Head. “We are confident GrabShare enables us to meet Vietnam’s growing passenger demand for more affordable, on-demand transportation while helping our drivers earn more.”

Following the launch in Ho Chi Minh City, GrabShare will next be beta-tested in Hanoi to help ease traffic congestion and provide more affordable transport options to passengers. With a launch expected in June, Hanoi will be the sixth city where GrabShare is available.

Grab recently announced a new Research and Development (R&D) center in Ho Chi Minh City, to capitalize on the thriving pool of engineering talent in the country and to play a role in providing Vietnamese talent with more opportunities.

Elsewhere, the Ministry of Transport agreed with central Da Nang city in temporarily suspending GrabTaxi from conducting trial operations, via a document sent to the city’s People Committee and the car hailing company on March 10.

The ministry said it believes Grab provides convenience and continues the trend of applying science and technology in transport, but its operations require further cooperation between the People Committee and the ministry so that suitable planning is conducted over vehicle numbers and traffic organization.

Grab will therefore only be permitted to continue operations in Da Nang if there is coordinated management by the city’s Department of Transport.

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