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Uber starts testing its on-demand taxi service in Asia

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On-demand car service Uber has started testing out its business in Singapore, the first sign it will officially bring the service to Asia.

Uber has done a good job of getting the word out about its service in the United States, spreading from San Francisco to New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and other cities. The company recently launched Uber X, its answer to a less pricey cab service for San Franciscans. Uber’s main service also works in London and Sydney, but now the company is clearly pursuing a larger international presence.

The company writes on its blog:

There’s no better place for a man of many appetites to call home than Singapore. Extravagant nightlife, architectural splendour, and sophisticated pursuits taken with a dose of spicy laksa.

And so begins our “test mode” period in Singapore. Download the Uber app for iPhone or Android or go to m.uber.com on a blackberry or web browser to make a booking. Availability of cars may be limited as we work out the kinks during this trial period, but if you’re lucky enough to snatch up an Uber, please send the feedback to supportSingapore@uber.com or tweet our way at @Uber_SING. We’d always love to hear from you!

While the company has only just started in Singapore, it would make sense to see the service get going in Tokyo and Hong Kong as well to hit other populous Asian cities where it’s hard to catch a cab.

San Francisco-based Uber has raised nearly $50 million from investors including Menlo Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Benchmark, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital, Founder Collective, and Jeff Bezos.

Top photo via Uber


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