Uber taxi service enters Myanmar


A man walks in front of taxis stopped at the traffic light of Sule pagoda road in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, 11 May 2017. US-based ride-hailing company Uber launched its services in Yangon. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Taxi service Uber Technologies inc. on Thursday launched its smartphone-based taxi service in Myanmar, state media reported on 12 May.

The service is initially available only in Yangon,where Uber is partnering with hundreds of government-registered taxi drivers, an executive of the U.S.-based firm said at a launch event.

The launch comes less than a week after it carried out a 10-day trial run for technical feedback in Yangon, which has over 2 million daily commuters using public transportation, according to the report.

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