Is Southeast Asia ready for self-driving taxis?


Grab drivers stand beside their vehicles during the launch of the ride hailing-firm's services in the country, in Phnom Penh on December 19, 2017. (Charly TWO / AFP)

Public transportation in the region will see a drastic change over the next few years. According to TrendForce, a global provider of market intelligence on technology industries, it is estimated that the global Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of self-driving taxis will reach 81% from 2018 to 2023, which means that self-driving taxis is projected to become a reality.

Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing company, Grab also announced plans to launch self-driving taxis in the region before 2022. Grab’s president, Ming Maa, said the company wanted to commercialise its robo-taxi operations and that the project would be unveiled within the next four years, reported Nikkei Asian Review.

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