Indonesia Digest: Grab launches scooter rental; Qlue joins NVIDIA programme

The startup ecosystem in Indonesia is buzzing with action. While ride-hailing platform Grab introduced electronic scooter rental and bus ticket reservation, Jakarta-based smart city app developer Qlue partnered with NVIDIA to join its inception programme.

Grab launches electronic scooter rental

Ride-hailing giant Grab on Thursday introduced an electronic scooter rental in partnership with real estate conglomerate Sinar Mas Group to offer its service in one of the township cities, Bumi Serpong Damai in Tangerang, Banten, the company said in a statement.

The scooter rental app, called Grabwheels, is a standalone one separate from the main Grab app. Users will be able to rent scooters in the BSD city by unlocking the QR code.

Meanwhile, Grab also recently partnered with bus operator Lorena, Aoshuttle, and AgraMas, to provide services for users to reserve online tickets. The service is now available in several areas in Greater Jakarta.

The unicorn also offers a car ride rental service since October last year, which allows users to travel to multiple locations in the same city. Users are also able to choose how many hours they want to travel and its estimated fare.

Qlue joins NVIDIA inception programme

Smart-city developer Qlue announced that it has partnered with NVIDIA to join its accelerator programme to develop artificial intelligence solution for smart city ecosystem, it announced in an event.

NVIDIA inception programme is a virtual accelerator for startups that aims to revolutionise the industry using advanced artificial intelligence platform.

Qlue also introduced Qluevision, an AI-based analytical video that helps identify human behavior, the number of vehicles on street, face recognition, car license plate, and illegal parking.

The startup has been collaborating with central and regional governments, and institutions to help with smart city solutions.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.