|Traffic congestion and road safety affect both the quality of life and economic opportunities for taxi drivers and passengers in developing economies. — VNS Photo Nguyen Manh Ha
HCM CITY (VNS) — GrabTaxi, Southeast Asia's largest taxi-booking mobile phone app, is co-operating with the World Bank to provide local governments in Southeast Asia with innovative, open-source data technology to transform public transport for 620 million residents in the region, including Viet Nam.
Traffic congestion and road safety affect both the quality of life and economic opportunities for taxi drivers and passengers in developing economies.
The World Bank-GrabTaxi partnership provides an award-winning, open-source data platform, OpenTraffic, at no cost to local governments in the Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam to improve traffic congestion and road safety.
The programme is being piloted with local governments in cities in which GrabTaxi operates: Cebu, Manila, Davao City, Jakarta, HCM City and Ha Noi.
The programme empowers local transportation agencies to monitor real-time traffic conditions and collect historic travel time data.
As a result, governments will be able to make better, evidence-based decisions that previously had been out of reach, including decisions about traffic signal timing plans, public transit provisions, roadway infrastructure needs, emergency traffic management, and travel demand management.
Anthony Tan, GrabTaxi founder and group CEO, said: "We are a social startup and this partnership will drive GrabTaxi closer towards our social mission to significantly improve the lives of our drivers and passengers, and ultimately change the way 620 million people move in Southeast Asia. Together with the World Bank and local governments, we look forward to improving road safety and traffic congestion in the cities where we operate." — VNS