Toyota to invest $1 billion in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab www.reuters.com
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) has agreed to invest $1 billion in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab as a lead investor in the company’s ongoing financing round, which was launched after it bought the regional business of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].
The investment by Toyota is the largest-ever by an automaker in the global ride-hailing sector, the six-year old start-up said in a statement on Wednesday.
It is also the latest collaboration between a global vehicle maker and a technology firm as ride-hailing companies dominate the fast-growing field of mobility services, raising the risk of a future where car ownership declines in favor of such services.
Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) last month announced it would invest $2.25 billion in the Cruise autonomous vehicle unit of General Motors Co (GM.N), while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC [TAMOJL.UL] have agreed to supply vehicles for Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) self-driving car subsidiary Waymo.