Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Maps ride sharing feature has added Grabs and Go-Jek’s motorbike taxi service as it starts its expansion to the Southeast Asia region. Just like with Uber International C.V. integration in Google Map app, the ride sharing option kicks in when a user asks for directions to a place inside the apps. The app then shows the distance, location of the nearest vehicle and price estimate. By clicking on the ride option, users get will get redirected to Go-Jek app or Grab. Riders also get the option of comparing their journey with other available transportation modes, fair prices comparison and the estimated time it takes to reach a certain direction.
Google’s first country in Southeast Asia is Indonesia. Three cities in the region will be the first followed by ten more cities soon. The feature is currently available on Android Now and is rolling out on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) OS. Google is also adding the option of selecting rides from Grab in 24 cities through Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Grab noted in a blog post that Google Maps have been helping people navigate the world for decade and they are excited to make Southeast Asia more accessible through Grab’s affordable and on-demand local transportation option.
Go-Jek is less know globally though it is the leading the motorbike on-demand space in Indonesia. The company closed $550 million new funding at a post-money valuation which is at $1.3 billion. The company has also hinted that it may expand in Southeast Asia for the first time.
Despite adding Uber’s rivals, the company still prioritizes Uber over the other option. The search giant invested in Uber back in 2013 through Google Venture. Since then Uber has been dependent on Google Maps, though it is reported to be developing its own.
Recently, Google add the option to pick Ola Cabs in India , Mytaxi in Spain and Germany, Gett and Hailo in the U.K. Users will now be in a position of choosing from Hailo , Gett and MyTaxi in select cities in Poland , Ireland , Austria Russia and Israel in both iOS and Android
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