World Bank partners with GrabTaxi to improve road safety and traffic in SEA

Grab Taxi has partnered with the World Bank to combat traffic congestion and improve transport safety for over 620 million residents in the regio. The partnership provides local governments with innovative, open-source data technology to transform public transport for 620 million people in the South East Asia region.


Traffic congestion and road safety impact both the quality of life and economic opportunities available to taxi drivers and passengers in developing countries like the Philippines. The World Bank-GrabTaxi partnership provides an award-winning, open-source data platform, OpenTraffic, at no cost to local governments in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam to improve traffic congestion and road safety.

The partnership is being piloted with local governments in following cities in which GrabTaxi operates: Cebu, Manila, Davao City, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

GrabTaxi and World Bank aim to empower local transportation agencies to monitor real-time traffic conditions and collect historic travel time data. As a result, governments will eventually be able to make better, evidence-based decisions that previously had been out of reach – including decisions about traffic signal timing plans, public transit provisions, roadway infrastructure needs, emergency traffic management, and travel demand management.

GrabTaxi Founder and Group CEO Anthony Tan remarks, “ We are honored to partner with the World Bank on this exciting initiative to revolutionize public transport in Southeast Asia. We are a social startup and this partnership will drive GrabTaxi closer towards our social mission to significantly improve the lives of our drivers and passengers- and ultimately change the way 620 million people move in Southeast Asia. Together with the World Bank and local governments, we look forward to improving road safety and traffic congestion in the cities we operate. ”

GrabTaxi works with the existing taxi ecosystem and governments in the 20 cities it operates in across 6 countries – Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore Vietnam, and Indonesia – to help taxi drivers enter the new economy by using the latest mobile technologies to make taxi rides safer and more efficient than before.

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