Grab Indonesia has arrived in Jayapura, Papua, as part of the online ride-hailing service's expansion strategy to offer a safe, convenient and affordable transportation alternative in the archipelago. (Reuters Photo/Edgar Su)

Grab Introduces Algorithm to Comply With Jakarta's Traffic Rationing Scheme


OCTOBER 13, 2016

Jakarta. App-based ride-hailing company Grab is implementing a specially designed algorithm that helps prevent its driver partners from violating the odd-even number plate traffic rationing scheme imposed by the Jakarta administration recently.

Grab will provide filters to match dates, times and pick-up points for the convenience of both passengers and drivers.

"Our passengers can rest assured that they will be allocated a car with the correct plate number in accordance with the date and time when traveling to and from affected areas. It will also be easier for our driver partners to do their jobs as they will no longer have to worry about accepting jobs in the affected areas when the date doesn't match their license plates," Grab Indonesia country product lead Bernard said.

The Jakarta administration imposed the odd-even number plate scheme in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion in the city during peak times.

The system, which is enforced between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. every weekday, allows only private vehicles with plate numbers ending in even numbers to enter main thoroughfares on days with even-numbered dates, and vice versa.

According to Bernard, the new feature shows Grab's support for the government's efforts to solve traffic problems in Jakarta.

"Grab is committed to solving real and local transportation challenges to make transportation freedom a reality for people across Southeast Asia. This filtering and matching algorithm will be rolled out in support of the government's efforts to control the volume of private vehicles during peak hours in the capital, enabling our passengers to have a convenient, safe, and reliable means of transportation," Bernard said.

Grab claims to be the first home-grown tech company using local insights to solve real problems and make positive changes to people's lives. Another innovation by the company is a system that uses telematics to reduce speeding by motorcyclists by up to 35 percent.