Uber says to partner with taxis in Myanmar expansion drive

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  • Thursday, 11 May 2017

On the road again: Uber wrapped up a brief investigation and cleared its autonomous cars to resume driving in the three cities where it operates a self-driving pilot programme.

YANGON: Uber Technologies Inc is only hiring government-accredited taxi drivers in Myanmar, a regional executive said, a move that allows it to avoid the legal hurdles that have dogged it across Asia in one of the region's last frontier markets. 

This partnership with local taxi drivers and their unions is unique to Myanmar, Sam Bool, Uber's expansion general manager for South-East Asia, told Reuters as services began on Thursday in the small but potentially lucrative market where Southeast Asian rival Grab Taxi and local service providers are already going strong. 

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