Ride-hailing platform Grab today announced that it has successfully integrated with Lyft, marking its first availability outside of the Southeast Asian region.
The Grab and Lyft two-way integration will enable users in Southeast Asia and the US to book rides through their native apps when they travel.
Grab users will be able to access Lyft and Lyft Plus services in 200 US cities starting from today, while Lyft users will be able to access GrabCar and GrabTaxi services in cities where the services are available across six Southeast Asian countries in the upcoming weeks.
In an official statement, Grab claimed that this is the first two-way integration to go live in the global rideshare agreement between Didi Chuxing, Grab, Lyft and Ola that was announced in December 2015.
According to data by the World Travel and Tourism Council 2016 Report on Economic Impact in Southeast Asia, in 2015, Southeast Asia’s international arrivals totaled 106 million, and this number is expected to increase to nearly 200 million travelers over the next 10 years.
American tourists are among the top travel spenders in the Asia Pacific region and will continue to be in the foreseeable future, spending US$231.6 billion in 2015, according to another report by Pacific Asia Travel Association.
“We welcome our American friends and travellers from the US to experience ride-hailing via taxis and cars in our region. This partnership with Lyft is another step to enable seamless international travel, and it combines the strength and reach of our companies to cross-share learnings and leverage the best services in each local market for the benefit of our users,” said Grab Co-Founder Tan Hooi Ling.