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New generation of taxis merge onto Jakarta's crowded streets

JAKARTA -- There is a new sight in central Jakarta, something you never saw only a year ago: motorcycle drivers wearing bright green helmets and uniforms, cruising by with passengers on their back seat. They are drivers for Go-Jek, a service that hails the city's "Ojek" motorcycle taxis via a smartphone app.

A Go-Jek driver collects a fare after carrying a passenger to a mall in central Jakarta. A Blue Bird taxi passes in the background. (Photo by Wataru Suzuki)

    The change is proving popular with commuters. In Jakarta, they are springing up on the street like grasshoppers. Go-Jek's app, launched in Jakarta in January, quickly registered more than 10,000 drivers and 650,000 downloads. The service has expanded to three more cities.

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