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Uber's Indonesia exit sets off driver hunt by Grab and Go-Jek

Both companies need drivers to expand into food and goods delivery

Grab and Go-Jek drivers wait for customers in Jakarta. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

JAKARTA -- The departure of ride-hailing company Uber Technologies from much of Southeast Asia has sparked competition between Grab and Go-Jek to recruit the American rival's former drivers in Indonesia.

Uber ceased service at midnight Sunday in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia following its recent deal to integrate Southeast Asian operations with Singapore-based Grab. Though Grab cited a smooth migration of drivers and users from Uber in most of those countries, the company faces heavy competition in Indonesia from homegrown Go-Jek, which operates only in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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