1st Edition

Digital Transport Platforms and Urban Mobility Ride Hailing Applications in Southeast Asia

Edited By Hironori Kato, Saksith Chalermpong Copyright 2025
    252 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers comprehensive state-of-the-art knowledge of how ride-hailing applications (RHAs) are changing the landscape of urban mobility in developing Southeast Asia by examining the disruptions they cause, the impacts of RHAs on the transportation system, and public policy responses aimed at mitigating these impacts.

    Providing new perspectives on the familiar issues by taking the local contexts of middle-income SEA into account, where abundant and diverse modes of informal transportation thrive amidst rapid urbanization and motorization, the book also draws lessons based on empirical evidence on how public interventions can benefit urban mobility for other developing countries. Each city-specific chapter sets the stage by overviewing the city and its transportation system, and delves into the specifics of its RHA market, such as market structure and demand characteristics. Impacts of RHAs on other transportation operators as well as responses from affected parties are discussed, followed by the ensuing regulatory efforts and their outcomes. Findings from each city are internationally compared and lessons drawn from them that are useful for policymaking. The book will present insights into useful and effective policy interventions pertaining to RHAs, including how the new technology may affect the infrastructure investment decision and how RHA may be leveraged as an intervention tool in urban mobility in developing countries.

    Digital Transport Platforms and Urban Mobility provides academics and upper level students with in-depth knowledge and practices of the disruptive technology in urban transportation due to the advent of mobile ride-hailing applications in Southeast Asian countries. It will be an invaluable resource for all those interested in transportation planning and policy, urban and regional planning, with a particular emphasis on sustainability.

    Part 1 Introduction and Overviews of Ride-Hailing Applications in Its Market, Business Models and Strategies, and Regulation

    1: Introduction

    Hironori Kato, Saksith Chalermpong

    2: Ride-Hailing Applications in Southeast Asia

    Saksith Chalermpong

    3: Regulating Ride-Hailing Application Services in Southeast Asia

    Apiwat Ratanawaraha, Phathinan Thaithatkul

    Part 2 Case Studies from Major Southeast Asian Cities

    4: Bangkok, Thailand

    Phathinan Thaithatkul

    5: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Nguyen Hoang Tung

    6: Jakarta, Indonesia

    Muhammad Zudhy Irawan

    7: Manila, The Philippines

    Alexis Fillone

    8: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Veng Kheang PHUN

    Part 3 Future of Ride-Hailing Application in Southeast Asia

    9: Future of Ride-Hailing Application Service – A Generative Visioning Approach

    Peraphan Jittrapirom

    10: Conclusion

    Hironori Kato, Saksith Chalermpong


    Hironori Kato is a full professor at Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan.

    Saksith Chalermpong is a full professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

    "Much of the research on digital transport platforms (e.g., ridehailing or dockless vehicles) has focused on developed countries, overlooking the different and vital context of SE Asia’s metropolises. This book closes that gap. Professors Kato and Chalermpong forge new ground, bringing together expert views and the best research on digital transport platforms in Southeast Asia. The chapters in this book explore the unique aspects of Southeast Asian cities – a history of informal and lightly motorized transportation, rapid adoption of the automobile coincident with ambitious public transit projects, high density cities, and high smart phone penetration – while also studying general issues of regulation, travel choices, and interactions with the broader transportation system. The rich case studies, in Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Manila, Phnom Penh, provide the most extensive overview of digital transport use available today. The authors summarize the region’s best research on the topic, giving new insights into the role of on-demand shared rides for Southeast Asia and, by extension, cities worldwide. This is a must-read for anyone interested in transportation and urbanization in Southeast Asia or in the rise of smart phone connectivity and on-demand transportation."

    Prof. Marlon Boarnet, Director, METRANS Transportation Center, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, USA

    "Led by a diverse Asia, RHA explores how it will evolve in the coming AI era. This excellent book envisions the future from a wide range of perspectives, including technology, services, institutions, and governance. It is a must-read for professionals, students, and government officials."

    Prof. Akimasa Fujiwara, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Hiroshima University, Japan