Indonesian ride-hailing giant Go-Jek has launched its pre-registration portal for Singapore drivers who want to use its service.
Pre-registered parties who provide their contact details will receive notifications from the company on how to apply and join the platform.
Those who opt in now stand to be one of the “first partners” to drive with Go-Jek.
According to a report by The Straits Times, the service is set to officially launch in Singapore by late November.
It is still unclear whether Go-Jek’s iconic motorbike taxi service will available in Singapore, as the law currently prohibits bikes from being used as taxis.
Go-Jek has also yet to clarify whether it will roll out its own vehicle fleet or lease from third party operators. It is, however, said to be in talks with Singapore’s largest taxi operator, ComfortDelGro.
Founded in 2010, Go-Jek was grown from a humble Indonesian ride-hailing outfit to a US$5 billion company backed by the likes of Google, Tencent, and Temasek Holdings. Today, it provides a plethora of ancillary services — from logistics to manicure; pundits have likened it to “super-apps” similar to WeChat.
In May this year, against the backdrop of Grab’s acquisition of its Uber, the company announced it was ready to move beyond its homeground and grab new markets in APAC, including Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.
Go-Jek officially launched in its first overseas city — Ho Chi Minh City — in August, offering two services Go-Bike (passenger transportation) and Go-Send (express courier).
To fuel its aggressive expansion strategy, Go-Jek is reportedly seeking to raise up to US$2 billion in additional funding.
Meanwhile, Go-Jek’s archrival, Grab, is on track to hit US$3 billion in total funding raised for this year alone. Grab is also ramping up its open platform strategy, partnering up with companies such as healthcare giant Ping An and grocery delivery platform HappyFresh.
Grab has also introduced a baseline wage scheme for its drivers — which may persuade them not to turncoat.