Grab v Uber: Did David really beat Goliath?

The Singapore offices of Uber and Grab at Midview City on March 26, 2018.
The Singapore offices of Uber and Grab at Midview City on March 26, 2018.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
A Go-Jek rider with passenger in central Jakarta. The Indonesian ride-hailing and online payment giant has plans to expand to three or four other countries in South-east Asia, reports have said. In Singapore, local car-pooling start-up Ryde (left, be
NEW ENTRANTS: A Go-Jek rider with passenger in central Jakarta. The Indonesian ride-hailing and online payment giant has plans to expand to three or four other countries in South-east Asia, reports have said.PHOTO: REUTERS
A Go-Jek rider with passenger in central Jakarta. The Indonesian ride-hailing and online payment giant has plans to expand to three or four other countries in South-east Asia, reports have said. In Singapore, local car-pooling start-up Ryde (left, be
NEW ENTRANTS: In Singapore, local car-pooling start-up Ryde (above) said it will launch a private-hire car service here called RydeX.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

One app was created in San Francisco in 2010, the other in Kuala Lumpur two years later.

Each touted itself as the solution to the inefficiencies of the incumbent taxi industry, promising to put waiting commuters into a car in minutes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'Did David really beat Goliath?'. Print Edition | Subscribe