#Asia A brand new day: Go-Jek launches car-hailing service revamps old features

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Go-Car is finally out today; Go-Jek’s cashless payment system also got a new face

2016-04-19

Reports about Indonesian motorbike taxi-hailing app Go-Jek launching a new business vertical first circulated on late March, when Head of Jakarta Transportation Agency Andri Yansyah announced that Go-Jek CEO Nadiem Makarim had met the agency to discuss the launch of ‘a taxi-hailing app.’

The tide has turned and today it is revealed that instead of a taxi-hailing app, Go-Jek launched a new car-hailing service called Go-Car.

To use the service, users only have to log in into their app, tap on Go-Car section, and enter their location and destination.

As tried by e27‘s Indonesian correspondent, a 16 kilometer ride from Kalimalang Raya to Gatot Subroto will cost IDR58,000 (US$4.4). As a comparison, the same journey using Grab’s GrabCar service costs IDR53,000 (US$4.0).

Unfortunately, there is still no partner driver available in East Jakarta area by the time this report is written.

Also Read: Watch out, Go-Jek and Grab: uberMOTOR starts roaming Jakarta streets today

Apart from launching Go-Car, Go-Jek also rebranded its cashless payment system Go-Jek Credit into Go-Pay.

The system is used by Go-Jek users to pay for all the company’s services. Go-Jek also announced that it has partnered with three of Indonesian leading banks Bank Central Asia (BCA), Bank Mandiri, and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) to help ease top-up process.

Go-Jek also announced new pricing scheme for its food delivery service Go-Food and grocery shopping service Go-Mart, and the app also displayed a new user interface to accommodate the new feature.

In February, Go-Jek acquired two Indian software developer companies C42 Engineering and CodeIgnition for an undisclosed amount. The company plans to set up a development centre in Bangalore and hire over 100 engineering staffs in the country.

Looking at the app’s new face, it is safe to assume that the acquisition has shown results.

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