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Hand in hand: Uber to collaborate with Indonesia’s Express Group

A JAKARTA-based ride-sharing integration and financing collaboration pilot project will take place between Express Group – Indonesia’s second biggest taxi group – and International ride hailing company Uber.

Through the project Express taxi drivers will be able to pick up customers using Uber’s app and the Express taxi feature will now be available under the UberX feature also, reported Reuters on Monday.

Uber currently operates in five Indonesian cities. With this new deal it will gain to access Express’s fleet of more than 11,000 taxis and 17,000 drivers, as well as meet local regulation of having a local partner.

Uber customers will be notified if they have been picked up by an Express taxi and Express taxis will be using UberX tariff scheme. Drivers will also have the option to apply for an unbranded car installments via Uber’s Vehicle Solutions program.

In May, Uber rival Go-Jek announced a partnership with Express Group’s competitor Blue Bird Group, although no details of the partnership have been released.

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Express Group, which claims to have 11,000 taxis across the country, is one of the leading taxi companies in Indonesia. In the past, the company 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.

Recently, ride-hailing services in Indonesia have faced regulatory obstacles in the country, such as the government ordering them to pass vehicle safety tests and ensure that their drivers are licensed, among other conditions.