Uber, is the most popular ride-hailing app in the U.S.
Let’s take a look at ride hailing companies globally. The biggest one out there is, of course, Uber which operates in more than 70 countries. That’s more than double the closest rival, China’s Didi. By the way, SoftBank is a large investor in Didi and Uber sold its Chinese operations two years ago to Didi.
Some other startups are planning to take a segment of the sector IN China, like Alibaba’s AutoNavi.
As for Didi, the company has expanded with the capital infusion from the Uber deal to Japan and Latin America—as we’ll see.
But China is not the only place Uber has merged or sold a portion or all of its business. In Russia, Uber merged with Yandex, the major ride hailer there. Uber is still big in Hong Kong.
In South Korea, Uber hit roadblock after roadblock since it tried to launch in 2015. Only Uber Black seems to be doing well. The major market share in South Korea is controlled by the local favorite, Korea’s Kakao Taxi which has been around since 2015.
In Southeast Asia, Uber surrendered and sold its business TO Singapore-based Grab which dominates markets there, although there is some competition form Go-Jek—called Go-Viet in Vietnam. Go-Jek is based in Jakarta, Indonesia and has plans to move into Thailand.
And in Australia, Uber leading the pack, but followed closely by Ola, the Estonia-based Taxify and Didi. The local GoCatch continues to try and make inroads, but the competition is fierce.
Moving to India, its Uber and Indian-based Ola which currently split the lion’s share of the largest emerging market in the world.
In Africa, as you might imagine, not many of the nations actually have ride hailing services, but there are some. In South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria, Uber and Taxify share the market. In Egypt, its Uber and Careem—the Dubai-based company. Careem and Uber are reportedly in talks for Uber to buy Careem.
In the Middle East Uber and Careem also share the markets in the UAE and Turkey, although in Turkey the biggest player and local favorite, is BiTaxsi.
Israel’s the largest ride Hailer is Gett—which started there in Israel as GetTax—which is actually car-pooling—which is also in several other EU states to some extent—like Italy, Belgium and some others. But Uber is there and provides some competition.
Moving thru Europe, Uber is there, and has little competition in a few of the EU states, like Germany, but in France, Uber has major competition from BlaBlaCar, and Taxify has a smaller foothold. In Spain, there’s Uber AND the Spanish-based Cabify.
In the United Kingdom, Uber shares sector space with the UK-based Addison Lee with over 4-thousand vehicles, plus Gett and Ola.
Across the water to the Western Hemisphere Uber is a leader in Brazil with Didi, but there are some minor players to with Easy Tax and Cabify. Cabify was founded in Brazil in 2014.
Speaking of Cabify, for the minor markets that are in Argentine, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru, its Cabify and Uber.
The hailing craze has not reached much of Central America, but in in North America, in Mexico it’s Uber, with other trialing in the competition, including Cabify, Easy Taxi and BlaBlaCar.
In Canada, its Uber, Lyft and Taxify. In the U.S., it’s Uber and Lyft, although there are some others nipping at the heels of Uber and Lyft in the U.S.—notable New York-based services Via and Juno.
Now you have a global look on ride sharing.
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