Uber partners with taxi operator in Bangkok

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Uber has expanded its ride-sharing network with the launch of “uberTAXI”, partnering with Howa, a major taxi operator.

The new service will be available in Bangkok starting next Tuesday via the Uber app. Riders will be able to book a Howa taxi through the Uber app by paying a surcharge, while Howa’s drivers can connect with customers using the app.

Siripa Jungsawat, general manager of Uber Thailand, said at a press conference on Wednesday that Uber and Howa shared a belief that technology could benefit riders and drivers while presenting an additional transport option in Bangkok.

Uber has in 2017 signed new taxi partnerships in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Cambodia and Singapore. Thailand’s partnership with Howa marks the seventh country in the region.

The Thai government is conducting a feasibility study to regulate Uber as local registered taxi operators have staged protests against the ride-sharing service since it was introduced in Thailand in 2014.

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