ComfortDelGro: Tying up with MaaS Global for subscription-based transport services

ComfortDelGro taxi in SingaporeComfortDelGro taxi in Singapore

ComfortDelGro said on Monday that it was tying up with Finland-based MaaS Global for a subscription-based transport service across taxi, bus, train, car rental and bicycles.

The service will be delivered via a yet-to-be-launched app called WHIM, and will offer pay-as-you-go and a subscription plan options, it said in a filing to SGX before the market open on Monday.

ComfortDelGro will provide the taxi option of the services, with commuters able to switch from train, bus or bicycle, it said.

The taxi company highlighted that service offered another booking option.

“We are pleased to collaborate with MaaS Global so that our commuters will have another channel to book from Singapore’s largest taxi fleet,” Ang Wei Neng, CEO of ComfortDelGro Singapore taxi business, said in the statement. “The integration of various forms of transport services into a single mobility application provides a seamless digital offering for our customers to enhance their travel experience.”

The service will begin a trial soon, with the commercial launch expected in the first quarter of next year, it said. The pricing plans will be made available closer to the launch date, it said.

For its part MaaS Global pointed to its effort to find a partner to launch in Asia.

“We feel that this is the perfect way to enter the Asian markets and make mobility-as-a-service available in the region. Finding the right partners is key to our success” Kaj Pyyhtia, MaaS Global’s co-founder, said in the statement.

In addition to Singapore, ComfortDelGro has operations in China, Australia, Vietnam and Malaysia, as well as European operations in the U.K. and Ireland, it said.

WHIM has already been launched in Helsinki, Birmingham, Antwerp and Amsterdam, the statement said.

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