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  • BUSINESS

    Terror on two wheels

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 05/02/2018

    » The motorbike has long been a popular mode of transport in Asia because it's cheaper than a car and can zip through traffic-clogged cities faster. Over half of all global motorbike sales of around 50 million units per year are in Asia and two-thirds of the people of driving age in the four top markets (India, China, Indonesia and Vietnam) own bikes.

  • BUSINESS

    Paid in full

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 30/04/2018

    » The rise of financial technology has led many people to conclude that cash is becoming irrelevant in their lives. Credit and debit cards are also under siege as quick response code (QR) and other forms of digital payment evolve, with Asia leading the way in adoption.

  • BUSINESS

    Hands-free transport

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/11/2017

    » Amazon's Prime Air successfully delivered a package by drone last December, while self-driving trucks from a startup named Embark are now bringing packages to customers in southern California.

  • OPINION

    Rape shows DLT needs to up cabbie vetting

    News, Erich Parpart, Published on 29/04/2017

    » Why was a twice-convicted rapist driving a taxi? This is the first question that popped into my mind when I heard that a taxi driver in Bangkok, whom the police said admitted to raping a Brazilian woman late on Tuesday night, was actually convicted of rape in 2008 and again in 2013 but still managed to become a cab driver, taking countless female passengers who could have been anyone's mother, sister or daughter.

  • BUSINESS

    Time to end the taxi-app flap

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 13/03/2017

    » The decision by transport authorities in Thailand to crack down on online ride-hailing services, specifically Uber and Grab, is the clearest example yet of the administration's lack of understanding of digital transformation.

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