Uber expands taxi app in Tokyo but sharing rides will still be restricted
TOKYO (JAPAN) – Uber Technologies introduced a ride-driven smartphone application in Tokyo on Friday. In partnership with three domestic taxi firms, the app was launched despite strict regulations hindering its popular ride-sharing service in Japan.
The app, already introduced in smaller cities, links app users to taxis run by Hinomaru Limousine, Tokyo MK Corp and Ecosystem in Japan.
Uber is not allowed to operate its own ride-sharing services in Japan like it does in the US and elsewhere since restrictions ban non-professional drivers from carrying customers.
Eager to capture a base, when it comes to customers in the world’s third-biggest economy, Uber’s focus was to widen its Uber Eats food delivery service, which has equally shown its popularity, particularly amid the existing pandemic, coronavirus.
Didi Mobility Japan, a joint venture of China’s Didi Chuxing and SoftBank Corp, has also introduced a service in Japan to link customers with taxis.
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