GrabBike Is A Hit With Over 8K Rides in 7 days
GrabBike, the new app-based on-demand ‘ojek’ service, recorded more than 8,000 rides and growing in just a week of its beta launch. GrabBike’s phenomenal growth reflects the Jakartans demand for safer, more reliable and convenient ‘ojek’ rides.
Long awaited on-demand ‘ojek’ service addresses safety issues with new exciting offerings in the pipeline
JAKARTA, 28 May 28, 2015 – GrabBike, the new app-based on-demand ‘ojek’ service, recorded more than 8,000 rides and growing in just a week of its beta launch. GrabBike’s phenomenal growth reflects the Jakartans demand for safer, more reliable and convenient ‘ojek’ rides. With GrabBike, anyone can e-hail an ‘ojek’ that is secure with safety features such as live tracking and insurance coverage in just a few taps of a smartphone.
GrabBike is the latest service offering by GrabTaxi, Southeast Asia’s dominant on-demand transport app. Similiarly to GrabTaxi, GrabBike focuses on three key pillars of Safety, Certainty and Speed. Just as demand for GrabBike is on the rise, more ‘ojek’ drivers are also eager to sign up with the service.
“Jakartans have spoken. GrabBike promises peace of mind for commuters while ‘ojek’ bikers have a chance to increase their income. We have a lot of “ojek” bikers queuing to sign onto our platform,” said Cheryl Goh, GrabTaxi Holding Group Vice President of Marketing. “But safety remains a priority with all potential bikers undergoing rigorous screening.”
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“Our drivers and passengers are covered by insurance, which is an industry’s first. Safety has always been our focus, and this extends to both our drivers and passengers. We want everyone to be assured when they book a ride with us,” Goh explained.
“A GrabBike ride is a secure ride. You know that your driver is legit and will follow GrabBike’s highest safety standards,” she added.
GrabBike operates on the same platform as GrabTaxi, offering a seamless experience for those wanting the option of taxis or ‘ojek’, and fulfilling all transportation needs within one app. GrabBike is also the faster yet safe alternative option for busy city folks to beat Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams.
GrabBike allows commuters to bypass street hailing and haggling for an ‘ojek’ by making bookings in just a few taps of a smartphone. Commuters know the fare and receive driver’s detailed information once their booking is confirmed. All rides are also trackable in real-time allowing loved ones to monitor a passenger’s journey thanks to the Share My Ride app feature.
New Offerings Coming Soon
Following its outstanding performance within a week of its beta launch, Goh said GrabBike will expand its service to food and item delivery soon.
“We hope to announce the expansion of GrabBike’s service in the near future. We’re confident we’ll receive the same positive response to any new service by GrabBike,” said Goh. “GrabBike deliveries will be secured, reliable and convenient.”
Gocheng and Free Rides Promo Until Mid-June
From today until 10 June, GrabBike users will enjoy a flat rate fare of Rp5,000 anywhere within Jakarta with the Gocheng campaign. To enjoy the offer, users only need to key in “Gocheng” in the promo code field, and pick-up points must be out of Kuningan and Setiabudi areas.
“We are very grateful to the citizens of Jakarta who quickly and enthusiastically use the app in order to obtain a safer ‘ojek’. But we are also following up on the demands from the Jakarta citizens outside Setiabudi and Kuningan area so that they can get special opportunity to enjoy GrabBike. That is why starting today until June 10, we give this special opportunity to all Jakarta residents,” Cheryl added.
As an added bonus, GrabBike is extending the free rides promo, which was announced during the beta launch, for bookings with pick-up destinations within Kuningan and Setiabudi. “We want more people to beta test the app for us so don’t forget to ‘gocheng’!” said Goh.
Since its official launch in 2012, over 83,000 taxi drivers have been using the GrabTaxi app to receive bookings in Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. There has been over 4.4 million downloads of the app around the region. For Indonesia, GrabTaxi is currently available in Jakarta, Surabaya and Padang.
Founded in July 2011, GrabTaxi mission is to revolutionize the taxi industry in Southeast Asia. The app that won second in Harvard Business School Plan Contest 2011 presents a taxi dispatch service equipped with GPS, allowing the passengers to easily get a taxi, car or motorcycle taxi (“ojek”). Since the app was launched in 2012, tens of thousands of taxi drivers have been using smart phones equipped with GrabTaxi sophistication to accept booking taxis in Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. The GrabTaxi app has been downloaded for more than 4.4 million times, has an average of 7 bookings in every second, and has become the market leader in Southeast Asia. This application can be downloaded on smart phones and tablets with (iOS: http://bit.ly/grabtaxi-iOS, Android: http://bit.ly/grabtaxi-Android and Blackberry: http://bit.ly/grabtaxi-blackberry. For more information, please visit: http://www.grabtaxi.com.
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