Finally! A win-win situation for taxi drivers and passengers! Passengers bid goodbye to common dilemmas such as long taxi queues, waiting for who knows how many hours, not to mention waiting under the heat of the sun or under heavy rain with several shopping bags and the likes, places where only few taxi drives along, safety and sometimes, yes, driver issues. Taxi drivers on the other hand are also now worry-free regarding their safety. They will have their passenger’s basic information and no more waiting in vain for them as well to get a passenger. This is because of GrabTaxi’s brilliant concept!
Anthony Tan and Hool Ling Tan, two former Harvard Business School graduates, founded GrabTaxi (known as MyTeksi in Malaysia). It was their big ‘save the world” idea after hearing horror stories from family and friends about the taxi industry in Kuala Lumpur. It was a simple idea to revamp the industry by using smartphone technology. The idea was validated when the pair placed second in the 2011 Harvard Business Plan competition, the first all-Asian team to so in a long time. GrabTaxi is now present in six countries (Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia) and will continue its expansion into major cities in Southeast Asia.
The MyTeksi app was publicly launched on 5 June 2012, the first in Malaysia and Southeast Asia to adopt a smartphone-to-smartphone technology for booking and dispatching cabs. We have expended rapidly into 6 countries; 17 cities and hope to be in every major Southeast Asian city soon. Today, Grabtaxi is the largest taxi booking app and one of the fastest growing for-profit social start-up companies in Southeast Asia.
GrabTaxi exists to solve a real problem. They match taxi drivers with passengers by optimizing the latest smartphone technology and multiple data-points. This makes them popular because passengers are able to book a taxi easily and conveniently when they need it most while the driver’s don’t waste time waiting for customers. Their three pillars; safety, certainty and speed- and their guiding principles to help solve the problem. They love their customers, which is why they never delete any negative feedback on their social media channels. The feedback keeps them on their toes and makes sure they are continuously improving.
Besides their app, GrabTaxi has a comprehensive automated dispatching solution for taxi operators and call center operators. Their GPS smartphone-based dispatching system cuts down taxi operator allocation time from 15 minutes to 3 minutes, no joke! This helps increase the number of passengers that can handle while reducing cost. They will also have access to a wealth of data as well as a live view of all their driver’s real-time location.
GrabTaxi is the first and largest taxi app in the Philippines that helps passengers book a cab with the assurance of safety, certainty, speed and convenience. GrabTaxi currently has over 300 taxi operators in its roster and is used by more than 210,000 Filipinos.
Due to GrabTaxi’s success, GrabTaxi Philippines invited all GrabTaxi drivers to its first-ever GrabTaxi Driver’s Day last March 1, 2015 at Circuit Makati for a day of fun, excitement, relaxation, and the chance to bring home cash and prizes. The event was also open to other drivers who want to be a part of the GrabTaxi family.
From 10:00AM – 10:00PM, taxi drivers got the chance to participate in fun games, watch exciting performances, got massage, got to know their fellow GrabTaxi drivers over food and drinks, and take home lots of freebies. Special guests include Mocha Girls, Bangs Garcia, and Papa Jack.
“We are truly thankful to our hardworking drivers who have made 2014 such a successful year for us. We have gained loyal customers because of their dedication to their work and commitment to always give their best. This day is for them,” Mike Syiaco, GrabTaxi Acquisition Training Manager said.
Taxi drivers who are interested to join GrabTaxi had the chance to apply during the event just by bringing a copy of valid professional license and LTFRB ID. Current GrabTaxi drivers were also given the chance to bring a friend to refer.
-To date, GrabTaxi has been downloaded onto more than 3 million mobile devices
-6 bookings made per second
-More than 60,000 taxi drivers registered with the network
-620,000 people in the six countries use Grabtaxi at least once a month
For more information, please visit www.grabtaxi.com
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