The developer of e-hailing app 2Go is confident it will be able to make inroads, not just locally, but in other ASEAN markets by the middle of next year, Malay Mail Online reports.

Cab Auto Bus executive chairman Tengku Hasmadi Tengku Hashim said about 3,000 users have downloaded the taxi service app, which was introduced in August. He said that this is expected to increase to around 30,000 and 40,000 next year.

He said around 1,800 taxis are currently registered under the programme, but expects the numbers to swell soon. “We have signed agreements with several taxi companies to provide another 8,000 taxis, by end of this year or early next year we will have 10,000 taxis,” he explained.

Tengku Hasmadi also said that several cities in the region, namely Jakarta, Bangkok and Manila, have expressed an interest to introduce the 2Go app there. “We are working towards having a joint venture with these cities, and for non-Asean countries, we have received an invitation from Turkey,” he told reporters.

Work on refining the app is still ongoing, he added. “We have spent more than RM1 million to develop this app, but we still need additional funds to develop modules in this app,” he said.