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The 'Uber of Southeast Asia' Is Opening a Tech Hub in Seattle

But GrabTaxi says it has no plans to launch in the U.S.


GrabTaxi, the largest ride-hail service in Southeast Asia, is opening an engineering center in Seattle in a bid to improve its mobile platform by taking advantage of the deep pool of tech talent in that city, the company announced Wednesday.

The new center will be run by Raman Narayanan, a former Microsoft “Distinguished Engineer.” But GrabTaxi, which currently operates in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, insists it has no plans to launch its service in the U.S., where the market is already controlled by Uber and Lyft.

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