Grab to Expand Ride-Hailing App to Taxis in Japan

Bill Hampton

Grab Group, the Singapore-based ride hailing service, will enable users of its smartphone app to summon conventional taxis in Japan, beginning Nov. 18.

The company is partnering the JapanTaxi and its fleet of 70,000 cars to provide service at popular tourist sites, according to The Nikkei. Customers will be able to pay fares online.

Japan bans the use of ride-hailing services involving drivers who provide their own vehicles to carry riders. Grab will debut the service in Kyoto, Nagoya, Okinawa, Sapporo and Tokyo, according to the report.

Grab describes itself as the most popular ride-hailing and food delivery service in southeast Asia. The company says its app has been downloaded 45 million times and is used to arrange 2.5 million rides per day.