Paying for street hail taxis using an app could be a reality soon

A Grab taxi travelling along Newton Road.
A Grab taxi travelling along Newton Road.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Commuters might soon be able to pay for street-hail taxis using an app.

Ride-hailing firm Grab announced that it would rolling out GrabNow for its Jakarta market on Tuesday (June 6).

The service allows commuters to flag down a vehicle by the road side, but pay for it using the Grab app, which allows users to track their rides, as well as benefit from fixed fares and Grab promotions.

This will "digitise the street hailing experience", said Grab co-founder and group chief executive Anthony Tan at an event marking the company's fifth anniversary at the J.W. Marriott South Beach.

While the service is currently only available for its GrabBike motorcycle taxi service in Jakarta, the firm said it is looking at rolling it out in other markets, and is working with the authorities in Singapore on how it might be implemented here.