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Ride-hailing apps a boon for Asia's motorcycle taxis

Wireless broadband and smartphones driving changes in region's transport habits

Singapore's Grab operates a mobile ride-hailing service for tricycles, a form of public transportation that combines a motorcycle with a sidecar.

Mobile ride-hailing apps are fast finding a place in Asia's taxi industry via motorcycles and motorized tricycles, typically cheaper alternatives to autos.

The trend is being helped along by the increasing ubiquity of smartphones and improved wireless infrastructure. A Cambodian ride-hailing service plans to increase its fleet of vehicles to 3,000 in the next three years, while Singapore's Grab has launched operations in the Philippines and Thailand.

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