Ride-hailing apps mobilising Southeast Asia's smart cities

Singapore and Grab’s cooperation offers a model for the development of smart cities across Southeast Asia: good and bad.

Ride-hailing apps mobilising Southeast Asia's smart cities

In an industrial area of Singapore middle-aged men are queuing up to become drivers for Grab, the six year-old ride-hailing start-up that has grown into Southeast Asia’s largest mobility company by number of drivers. After a quick induction on how to use the smartphone app the men span out and join the gig economy.

Widespread smartphone adoption across Southeast Asia has given a fillip to the development of smarter cities. City dwellers can plan routes...

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