Japan is seen as a potentially lucrative ride-hailing market, with regulators under pressure to ease stringent rules.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber Technologies' chief executive officer said on Tuesday at an investor forum that he can see commercialisation of the Uber Air flying taxi service taking place within five to 10 years, according to a report in Reuters. That means its core service, that it offers in major markets like the US and United Kingdom, is not in full operation in Japan.
The company's ride-sharing service, one of Uber's key operations that involves private vehicles, has been challenged by Japanese regulations, while being allowed only in limited locations - some rural areas in Hokkaido and Kyoto Prefecture. Uber says its business now serves more than 15 trillion trips per day, globally. Sony's administrations, including applications, will likewise be offered to other taxi administrators in Japan.
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"I saw Japan as an incredible opportunity, and when I asked the team why wasn't our Japan business larger, I started learning the history of our approach to Japan, and it was an approach that frankly didn't work", Khosrowshahi said in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Uber still faces an uphill battle in Japan. App developer JapanTaxi announced a partnership with Toyota on February 8 that will see the automaker invest 7.5 billion yen ($70 million) in the unit of Nihon Kotsu, one of the country's largest taxi operators. Uber is also said to be in talks for a venture with Daiichi Koutsu.
After years of little action, Japan's lackluster ride-hailing industry is suddenly seeing a lot of activity.
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Sony wants to develop a ride-hailing app powered by artificial intelligence and provide a payment service. "We're very early in our relationship, but we're already having very good dialogue, both about the Japanese market and the ecosystem that SoftBank has created". "If you're going to do business with SoftBank, you have to get used to that they do business with your competition", he said.
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