Brunei’s first ride-booking app launched

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If you’ve been getting your hopes up for Brunei to have its own Uber or Grab, then you’ll be pleased to know that a home grown startup had just launched a ride-booking app last night.

Dart Logistics, the startup behind the project, aims to be the first and only ride-booking service provider in the sultanate.

Dart is already available as a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, and anyone with a smartphone can book a ride via the app starting today.

The app provides users the cost of the fare and the taxis’ estimated arrival time before booking. The service accepts debit or credit cards (Visa or MasterCard), and payment is only processed after the trip is completed.

Minister of Communications YB Dato Hj Mustappa (R) congratulates Dart Logistics CEO Zul ‘Amali (L)  during the launch of the ride-booking service at Progresif last night.

Dart Logistics’ CEO Zul ‘Amali DP Hj Idris said that the firm is currently partnering with the existing taxi operators in Brunei for the service, but will eventually open up the platform to private-hire car drivers within the next three months.

The CEO said that Dart aims to not only provide another solution for Bruneians and tourists to get around the country, but also create more job opportunities for locals.

Last night’s launch of the app took place at Progresif’s headquarters in Gadong and was officiated by the Minister of Communications, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat.

Dart Logistics is one of the first few companies born out of Progresif’s Startup Lab.

Ride-sharing is big business globally, with major players like Uber and Grab making waves in neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

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