The GrabWheels electric scooter service can be used in select locations in BSD City, Tangerang, during a trial that would continue until mid-2019. (Photo courtesy of Grab Indonesia)

Grab and Sinar Mas Land Roll Out 'GrabWheels' in BSD City

MAY 10, 2019

Jakarta. Ride-haling firm Grab Indonesia announced in March that it would cooperate with the research and development department of Sinar Mas Land, one of Indonesia's largest property developers, in BSD City, Tangerang.

On Thursday, Grab and Sinar Mas Land announced the launch of a new mobility solution, known as GrabWheels, which is an electric scooter service that can be used in select locations in BSD City during a trial that would continue until mid-2019.

"We're aware that Indonesians have very high mobility, especially in their needs for accessible 'first-mile' and 'last-mile' transportation," Grab Indonesia executive director Ongki Kurniawan said in a press release.

"Additionally, people living in 'smart city' areas like BSD generally have a greater need for quality-of-life services. As an everyday super app, we strive to provide services that are 'hyperlocal' or very specific to locals' needs. That is why we and Sinar Mas Land have come up with the GrabWheels service, the electric scooter innovation," Ongki said.

The project is part of joint research between Grab Indonesia and Sinar Mas Land to integrate various modes of public transportation. Multimode transportation solutions have already been implemented in BSD City, starting from long-distance transportation in the form of buses and Commuter Line trains, to short-distance transportation options, such as BSD Link shuttle buses, now complete with the rollout of GrabWheels.

GrabWheels is part of BSD City's development plan to become an integrated smart digital city.

"As a pioneer of the 'integrated smart digital city,' BSD city is committed to continue developing infrastructure and digital facilities to support life and business in this city," said Irawan Harahap, project leader at Sinar Mas Land Digital Hub.

"The GrabWheels service will further fortify our integrated transport services in BSD City. We are certain that our trial project is a good starting point in providing environmentally friendly transport options in accordance with our vision, as well as helping the people lead healthy lifestyles," Irawan said.

The Digital Hub is a 25-hectare area located south of Green Office Park BSD City, which has the potential to become a technological hub the likes of Silicon Valley in California.

The area is also home to several training institutions, including the Apple Developer Academy, Binar Academy, Techpolitan, Purwadhika, Grab Innovation Lab, Prasetya Mulya, IULI and Atma Jaya Catholic University. The presence of these schools has helped supply expert workers to multinational and startup companies based in BSD City.