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I travel across Asia Pacific for work. The global nature of ride hailing apps are convenient in this context in a similar way to MacDonalds (fast, convenient and you kind of know what you’re going to get).

Try hailing a cab in Thailand, Indonesia or Malaysia. They will ask your destination and quote you 5-10x meter fare. Use a ride hailing app and you get approximately the meter fare.

Speaking for Thailand, the ride hailing apps are usually 1.5x - 2x the price of the meter.

That's fair but the vast majority of cabs I hail refuse to use meter (sometimes quite aggressively).

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