On-demand public transport startup TRON launches in Indonesia, partners US-based Via

Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Arga Aditya/unsplash

Amid the domination of GOJEK and Grab in the ride-sharing space, Indonesia today sees the official arrival a new player in the industry through TRON, an on-demand public transportation provider.

The platform, operated by Teknologi Rancang Olah Nusantara in collaboration with global share mobility solutions provider Via, allows users to request a 15 person shared van in real-time.

TRON models its service after the once-much-popular Angkot, or public minivans, which used to be the intra-city transportation of choice for many Indonesians, before their popularity declined drastically following the arrival of GOJEK and Grab.

Through a mobile app, riders request their travel and are directed to a nearby virtual pickup point indicated in the application. The new service will begin with 150 vehicles in the city of Bekasi, in the outskirts of Jakarta.

“We are delighted to partner with the innovative city of Bekasi to bring Via’s technology to Indonesia,” said Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via. “Via’s vision is to provide cutting-edge mobility solutions that are smart, efficient, and help to reduce congestion and emissions globally, and the TRON service demonstrates how public transportation and technology can work together to make a city smarter.”

The TRON application, launched today, will work in affiliation with Digiasia Bios, an Indonesian fintech player with three licensed services. Its cashless payment service, KasPro, will be the payment option for TRON passengers.

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