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Two-wheeler taxis among likely 2017 Asian consumer hits

Virtual reality games, Japanese food also populate the list

Motorcycle-hailing services have taken off in Jakarta.

TOKYO -- The eclectic group of products and services picked by Nikkei Inc. as likely 2017 consumer hits in Asian markets runs the gamut from motorcycle taxis to Japanese food.

In New Delhi and other Indian cities, two-wheeler taxis are gaining favor for their ability to snake through traffic jams. Rapido, a ride-hailing startup formed in 2015 exclusively for those vehicles, now operates with 400 bikes that can be summoned with a smartphone app. Two-wheeler taxis are common in traffic-heavy Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, and the service is on the verge of exploding in India.

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