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Inside HCMC’s Taxi Battles

For anyone living in Saigon, Vinasun and Mai Linh are ubiquitous when it comes to grabbing a cab. Granted, there is a smattering of other providers, but the heavyweights are the ones we all rely on a daily basis. This could all change with the advent of services like Grabtaxi, Uber and EasyTaxi.

Recently, Anh-Minh Do over at TechInAsia  penned a detailed piece on the current environment concerning HCMC’s taxi market. Current models, new ideas, and where everything may come out at the end of this turbulent relationship are all exceptionally outlined in this article. 

Do writes that the old guard of government-regulated cabs dominates the market now, yet incumbents such as Mai Linh, which is seemingly losing market share to the rapidly expanding Vinasun, are wondering where this new digital model leaves them. Walkie-talkies are now paired against GPS enabled smartphones, geotracking cars and wireless payment systems. He ponders if the old guard can adapt to this rapidly changing paradigm of getting from Point A to Point B.


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