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Go-Jek to start its operation in India this year: report

Go-Jek, the Indonesian last mile transportation and services company is reportedly planning to launch its bike-taxi service in India starting with Gurgaon or South India, by second half of this year, reports The Economic Times.

Because bike-taxis are legal in Haryana, it is more likely that Go-jek may start its operations in Gurgaon.

Note that earlier this week, automotive giant Astra International said that it is investing $150 million in Go-Jek. The bike-taxi hailing company also raised funding of about $1.2 billion from Google. It is logical that the company might use these capital to expand in other countries such as India.

Note that in November 2016, Go-Jek had acquired a Pune-based mobile app development company Leftshift, which has previously developed apps for startups like BookMyShow and Walnut. Go-Jek also has its engineering unit in Bangalore. Before Leftshift, Go-Jek had acquired Bangalore-based health care service startup Pianta.

Bike-taxis

Note that ride-hailing segment is dominated by Ola and Uber in India, and both have bike-taxi services. Other companies offering this service are Baxi, OneManTaxi, K Bike and Bikxie.

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However, bike-taxi services haven’t had a great time in the country, thus far. According to this Times of India report, bike-taxi players like Dot, TuWheelz, Rideji in Haryana have had to shut down; in Bangalore, companies like Headlyt, Heybob, and Zingo have shut down; Mtaxi shifted focus to deliveries, and Bikxie and Yaya apparently also started deliveries.

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