Uber-like taxi app launched in Myanmar

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Oway RideGetting around in Myanmar is becoming easier since Yangon-based company Oway Ride launched a Uber-style ride-hailing app. The car-on-demand service can be booked in Yangon and efforts are being made to expand into other cities too.

Oway Ride works with three types of cars – Standard, Prime and Limo. Like other ride-hailing apps, customers can see available cars close by on a map, confirm their pickup location and destination via drop down selection in the app, complete with details of the driver such as name and mobile number.

Customer response is good, says company founder and CEO U Nay Aung, since Myanmar’s taxis are under pressure from growing demand. Trying to flag down a cab in busy Yangon has become difficult, and having to bargain for a price for the ride may is more of a hassle for some. Currently, there are no standard rates for taxis and very few metered cars in Myanmar, and fares are negotiated between drivers and passengers.

With Oway Ride, fare calculation is based on kilometers traveled, and the fare is automatically calculated. Both the driver and customer can see the fare on their respective app. Currently the method of payment is cash, whereby the company is working on the implementation of credit cards and other payment options.

The company says that all its partners and drivers working in Oway Ride hold valid, required licenses and insurance and “have undergone extensive training for defensive driving and customer service.”

But Oway Ride isn’t the first car-hailing app in the country. Last year, Yangon-based hospitality startup Myantel launched Ho Ho Taxi as the first such application in Myanmar. The service, however, struggled to take off popular as customers complained about connection problems and high costs for 3G services.

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Getting around in Myanmar is becoming easier since Yangon-based company Oway Ride launched a Uber-style ride-hailing app. The car-on-demand service can be booked in Yangon and efforts are being made to expand into other cities too.

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Oway RideGetting around in Myanmar is becoming easier since Yangon-based company Oway Ride launched a Uber-style ride-hailing app. The car-on-demand service can be booked in Yangon and efforts are being made to expand into other cities too.

Oway Ride works with three types of cars – Standard, Prime and Limo. Like other ride-hailing apps, customers can see available cars close by on a map, confirm their pickup location and destination via drop down selection in the app, complete with details of the driver such as name and mobile number.

Customer response is good, says company founder and CEO U Nay Aung, since Myanmar’s taxis are under pressure from growing demand. Trying to flag down a cab in busy Yangon has become difficult, and having to bargain for a price for the ride may is more of a hassle for some. Currently, there are no standard rates for taxis and very few metered cars in Myanmar, and fares are negotiated between drivers and passengers.

With Oway Ride, fare calculation is based on kilometers traveled, and the fare is automatically calculated. Both the driver and customer can see the fare on their respective app. Currently the method of payment is cash, whereby the company is working on the implementation of credit cards and other payment options.

The company says that all its partners and drivers working in Oway Ride hold valid, required licenses and insurance and “have undergone extensive training for defensive driving and customer service.”

But Oway Ride isn’t the first car-hailing app in the country. Last year, Yangon-based hospitality startup Myantel launched Ho Ho Taxi as the first such application in Myanmar. The service, however, struggled to take off popular as customers complained about connection problems and high costs for 3G services.

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