Two IT companies are now vying for dominance in Indonesia, where daily competition is fierce for control of ASEAN's largest country in terms of population and GDP.
While business-related disputes are often not relevant to the casual traveler, this one is a bit relevant. This battle is over the livery app. When you think of car dispatch apps, you think of UBER and LYFT, but that's not what's at stake in Indonesia. It's GRAB, a Singaporean company, and GOJEK, a local Indonesian company. GOJEK motorbike taxis can also be seen in this photo. The rider in the foreground wearing a green helmet is GOJEK's motorcycle taxi.
The mechanism itself is the same as that of UBER. It uses a smartphone app to hail a taxi. So even travelers have a chance to use it, and it is very convenient to use it. I don't have to worry about getting ripped off while bargaining, and I don't have to tell my destination to a driver who doesn't understand the language by trial and error.
I used GRAB a few times when I stayed in Jakarta. It was very easy to use. However, looking back on it later, I realized that it was a hassle to bargain in a country where I couldn't speak the local language and to tell the driver where I wanted to go by gestures, but it was also one of the fun parts of the trip. But now that I've experienced the convenience, I don't think I can't bring myself to do something troublesome anymore.
October 18, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
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