1/18/2016

Asian Taxi-Hailing Company Opens U.S. Facility

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Singapore-based GrabTaxi Holdings Ltd. plans to open an engineering center in Seattle later this month for its taxi-hailing smartphone application.

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Singapore-based GrabTaxi Holdings Ltd. plans to open an engineering center in Seattle later this month for its taxi-hailing smartphone application. Launched in 2012, GrabTaxi serves 17 cities in six southeast Asia countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Seattle facility will focus on developing back-end systems, including cloud technology, data management and predictive analytics. Former Microsoft engineer Raman Narayanan will serve as a technical advisor for the center and help recruit a local staff, Japan's Nikkei reports.

Last month, GrabTaxi signed a strategic partnership with competitors in China (Didi Kuaid), India (Ola) and the U.S. (Lyft). The partners aim to integrate their apps to allow each other's customers to use them when traveling in markets covered by any one of the companies.

GrabTaxi says it will continue to focus its own efforts on building and servicing its customer base in southeast Asia. It also is adding new services such as a motorcycle taxi booking service (GrabBike) and a carpooling service (GrabHitch).