GrabCar is GrabTaxi’s answer to Uber


In the business of getting from A to B in pampered comfort and unquestionable style – sans the uber stress of city traffic, of course – it’s best to hire your own private driver. The latest we-can-do better entrant in this transportation niche is the same team behind one of the best app-summoned taxi services around – GrabTaxi. Here’s GrabCar.

Uber‘s competitor in the black car business, having grown GrabTaxi in the past year, has a distinct feel for the local Pinoy traffic-hating scene. It makes perfect sense to say that a company whose been working to destress the taxi experience better would know exactly how to make a private limousine service work. Because there will be days when you can’t grab a taxi, and times when only a luxury car and  a chauffeur of your own fit you best.

GrabTaxi Co-Founder and CEO Anthony Tan. 

You don’t need to download another app – chances are you already have the GrabTaxi app on your iOS, Android, Windows, or BlackBerry smartphone. What you do is tap the GrabCar option to see how many drivers are in the vicinity.

Once you book a car via the app, an fare is shown and it’s a fixed one as long as you come from your pick-up point, and go to your drop-off point. According to GrabTaxi CEO Anthony Tan, GrabCar holds closely to the pillars of GrabTaxi – Safety, Convenience, and Speed. Right now, GrabCar is available in Metro Manila only, and their available car roster include Nissan Patrol, Toyota Camry, Nissan Teana, and if you’re lucky, a Mini Cooper might just come pick you up.

Left to right: GrabTaxi Board of Directors – CEO Anthony Tan, VP for Marketing Natasha Bautista, and General Manager Brian Cu. 

Of course you have to use the app for that to happen, so download it here:

iOS  |  Android  |  Windows Phone  |  BlackBerry

And what better way to officially launch a private limousine service than to rev up the engines of some the cars they currently have available:

Here are more pics of the GrabCar launch:


See also GrabCar+ is now on beta in Metro Manila.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for