Go-Viet and other apps are integrating new functions to grow After taking the country by storm with their ride-hailing apps, the likes of Grab and Go-Viet have unveiled their ambitions of transforming into providers of multiple on-demand services. According to Jerry Lim, country head of Grab Vietnam, the firm has set itself “the lofty target of becoming a regional super-app.” The service, which has featured in the Vietnamese market for five years, has begun to add more everyday services to its ride-hailing app. For instance, last June Grab Vietnam ventured into food delivery with GrabFood. Representatives said GrabFood has grown 23-fold in delivery orders and four times in merchant partners, making Vietnam the second-fastest growing market for GrabFood in the region. In addition, GrabExpress teamed up with e-commerce partners and individual sellers to deliver parcels straight to the doors of customers. GrabExpress has recorded a 241 per cent growth in parcel delivery … [Read more...] about Upcoming everyday super apps will revolutionise the way business is done in Vietnam
What will future cars look like
VinFast, a unit of Vietnam’s largest conglomerate Vingroup, is set to become the country’s first fully-fledged domestic car manufacturer when its first production models built under its own badge hit the streets next August. “Where else in the world can you do this with this sort of speed?” said Shaun Calvert, vice president of manufacturing at VinFast Trading and Production LLC, looking out over an area of factory floor where nine months earlier there was only sea. Calvert was speaking on a recent tour of the company’s new plant, a sprawling island complex in the northern Vietnamese port town of Haiphong, where the two models will be built. From a standing start, VinFast will have the capacity to produce 250,000 cars annually in the next five years or so, equivalent to 92 percent of all the cars sold in Vietnam last year, according to data collated by the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA). Vingroup says it only embarked on … [Read more...] about Fast and serious: Vietnam’s first domestic car manufacturer bets big
Contactless payment is the future and a major foundation for the success of smart transport, Photo: Dung Minh Age of contactless transit Contactless payments are disrupting cities around the world in various areas, notably mass transit systems. A notable example is London (the UK), where 2.5 million contactless journeys are made across bus, tube, and rail services every day. Since early 2016, the proportion of pay-as-you-go journeys made through London’s contactless systems has risen from 25 to more than 50 per cent of today. It is estimated that more than four of every five journeys of this kind are made using Visa contactless cards. Various reasons have been put forward for the London success story. First, the underlying technology, such as chip cards based on Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV) standards are already there. Second, Transport for London has enabled contactless payments across all modes of transit – tube, bus, light rail, heavy rail – making it … [Read more...] about Riding digital payments to the future of transport
Residents of Xuan Hoa ward in Phuc Yen, a city in Vinh Phuc province, almost had a chance to share in the joy as the capital city celebrates its expansion. The legacy of a time several decades ago when Xuan Hoa was part of Hanoi can still be seen in the name of Hanoi Education University II, which is located here. Later generations might ask why a Hanoi college is situated in Vinh Phuc province. The answer is simple: the ward where the institution is located used to be a part of the capital city. Ten years after the geographical boundary expansion came into effect, Hanoi has recorded many social and economic achievements. To date, many still cast doubt over the decision but clearly there are many positives. Had Ha Tay province not been merged into Hanoi, would progress on the Thang Long Boulevard and National Highway have been expedited so that they became main arteries connecting the city centre to its western areas as they are today? The communities of ethnic minority people in Ba Vi … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for Hanoi in the next ten years?
A driverless car is displayed at the annual Baidu World Technology Conference in Beijing on Nov 16, 2017. (Photo: AFP/FRED DUFOUR) PALO ALTO, California: A lot of discussion and ethical thought about self-driving cars have focused on tragic dilemmas, like hypotheticals in which a car has to decide whether to run over a group of schoolchildren or plunge off a cliff, killing its own occupants. But those sorts of situations are extreme cases. As the most recent crash – in which a self-driving car killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona – demonstrates, the mundane, everyday situations at every crosswalk, turn and intersection present much harder and broader ethical quandaries. THE ETHICS OF EXTREME As a philosopher working with engineers in Stanford’s Centre for Automotive Research, I was initially surprised that we spent our lab meetings discussing what I thought was an easy question: How should a self-driving car approach a crosswalk? My assumption had been that we … [Read more...] about The biggest challenge for driverless cars? Tackling dangerous but mundane situations