EMDDI, a ride-hailing model applied to transport businesses, will automatically connect to those companies in localities. — Photo baomoi.com The Ha Noi National University here on Tuesday launched EMDDI, a ride-hailing model applied to transport businesses. Dao Kien Quoc, former director of the Centre for Information and Technology Application, said at the launch ceremony EMDDI was the first app in Viet Nam designed to allow thousands of transport units operating in a system. Transport companies can independently configure their system through the app, such as establishing transport services for motorbike, automobile, taxi and goods delivery as well as for charging mechanism, route selection and promotion policies. Quoc said the app was different from Uber or Grab as it allowed transport firms to become ride-hailing developers within 10 minutes. The app can distinguish administrative boundaries to help customers choose the most suitable vehicle. EMDDI will automatically connect … [Read more...] about EMDDI ride-hailing app launched
Mai Linh and Vinasun used to be the biggest, the most reliable local cab firms in Vietnam. Photo via Flickr/Prince Roy under Creative Commons license A phone call and a five-to-ten minute wait. A few more phone calls and a cab arrives...if you're lucky. If not, an apology from the call center and you’re late for the airport. That was three years ago, but now for many Vietnamese, the idea of dialing a taxi call center is an alien concept. In the new era of technology, Grab and Uber are beating street taxis with just the click of a button. And it is not just the passengers who have been won over. Easy registration and flexible working hours have drawn over 50,000 cab drivers to work for Uber and Grab in Vietnam, with many leaving traditional taxi firms in search of a better living. Vinasun, Vietnam’s biggest taxi firm in 2014, lost 8,000 drivers this year, almost half of its employees, while rival Mai Linh Taxi also lost 6,000 drivers. A doomsday scenario for traditional … [Read more...] about Nowhere to turn: Can traditional taxis survive the onslaught of ride-hailing apps in Vietnam?
UDI Maps flood warning app launched Chi Thinh HCMC - Users of Android devices can now download UDI Maps app on Google Play if they want to get updates about flooded areas, rain and flood tides in HCMC. The app, developed by Urban Drainage Co Ltd (UDC), is seen as a two-way communication channel between the company and residents. UDI Maps uses the map and driving direction features of Google to provide detailed and accurate information about flooded locations in the city and alternative routes for road users. Users will receive latest information and emergency alerts on flooding. App users can also send information and images of flooded areas to help UDC timely deal with the actual situation and mitigate losses. Previously, UDC coordinated with some agencies to use the Geographic Information System (GIS), the foundation of UDI Maps, to issue flood alerts. The GIS database helps agencies to check the drainage system and propose solutions to flooding. But this GIS-based system was … [Read more...] about UDI Maps flood warning app launched
The Smart Think Consumer 4.0 technology application replaces wallets, bank cards and loyalty cards. Aiming to bring convenience to consumers, the app only requires an Internet-connected smartphone device to accumulate bonus points at anytime, anywhere using any service within the Smart Think linkage system. Developed by Luong Ngoc Hoang, General Director of Smart Think Co., Ltd, Smart Think also targets increased sales and customers for shops, services and businesses, while supporting intelligent administration over shops’ revenue at any time. Previously, the loyalty-card system had numerous disadvantages for both shops and the customers, as it resulted in high costs for stores in card issuance, while it was also difficult to manage and provided little interaction with customers. Users have to store the cards in their wallets, making it difficult for them to remember and there are also many types of cards for different outlets. In addition, customers cannot manage their points … [Read more...] about Vietnamese smartphone app launched to facilitate consumers
Online bargain app launched Ngoc Hung HCMC - An online bargain app for mobile phone users, called hago.me, has been launched, allowing online shoppers to freely haggle with various store owners for a product at the same time. Ngo Tran Cong Luan, director of Hago.me Trading Co Ltd, said the app is aimed at helping consumers feel confident to find the best deal, especially with well-known brands. Sellers at online stores normally offer products at fixed prices, making it impossible for customers to bargain. The purpose of the app is to create a comfortable feeling for both the seller and the buyer. These stores will remain anonymous when both sides discuss prices through an online chat room. After reaching a deal, sellers are able to know buyers’ phone numbers to decide time and place of delivery. According to a press release issued on the launching day of the app last Saturday, the service will offer products in eight categories including housing, vehicles, vehicle … [Read more...] about Online bargain app launched