Indonesia Digest: Grab launches new car services; Go-Jek rolls out voucher marketplace

In the latest developments from the two ride-hailing rivals in Indonesia, Grab has launched two new car-hailing services while Go-Jek has introduced a voucher marketplace called Go-Deals.

Grab introduces two new car services

Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab has launched two new car-hailing services, GrabCar Plus and Rent a Grab Car, in Indonesia to offer a wider range of options within the company’s core service of transportation.

GrabCar Plus is the premium version of Grab’s regular car-hailing service GrabCar, offering passengers the assurance of better service with the best partner drivers. Rent a GrabCar, meanwhile, enables passengers to visit multiple destinations in a single booking and have the vehicle exclusively at their service for a set duration.

Beyond its transportation services, Grab Indonesia has also been expanding its services into payment and food delivery. It recently announced a partnership with electronic payment company TrueMoney Indonesia, which will allow budding drivers to apply to Grab through TrueMoney agents.

Grab is on track to raise an additional $1 billion by the end of 2018, with $500 million of it already committed. It recently announced receiving an undisclosed investment from Microsoft.

Go-Jek rolls out voucher marketplace

Indonesian ride-hailing and on-demand company Go-Jek has launched a voucher marketplace called Go-Deals, as it looks to leverage its network of merchants and payment system to expand into a new business unit.

In a release, Go-Jek says Go-Deals already has 800 merchants offering over 1,000 special deals for its users, who will use Go-Pay to make their purchases.

Furthermore, the Go-Deals feature will also allow users to make donations to social institutions that Go-Jek has partnered with.

Go-Jek, which raised a $1.5-billion funding round earlier this year, is reportedly in talks to raise at least $2 billion to accelerate its overseas expansion. The company, which has launched local units in Vietnam (under the brand Go-Viet) and Thailand (GET), is understood to be eyeing opportunities in Singapore and the Philippines.

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