Bangalore, Ho Chi Minh City expand Grab’s R&D

Grab has opened two new R&D centres in Bangalore, India and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, expanding its global R&D capabilities and doubling its number of R&D centers from three to six in the last quarter.

Also, Grab announced that it will be adding more than 800 new R&D jobs in the next two years across its six R&D centers in Beijing, Bangalore, Jakarta, Vietnam, Singapore and Seattle.

The expansion will support Grab’s rapidly growing multi-modal transport platform and proprietary payments system across Southeast Asia, which includes the launch of three new transport services in the last quarter, GrabShare, GrabCoach and GrabShuttle, as well as the rollout of GrabRewards, a customer loyalty programme. 

“Southeast Asia is developing at a breakneck pace and we have an unprecedented opportunity to deliver a platform that caters to the region’s mobile-first environment and infrastructural needs,” said Tan Hooi Ling, co-founder of Grab.

“Addressing such challenges requires a combination of deep local understanding and best-in-class engineering,” said Tan. “Our philosophy is to develop our highly localized products in the countries where our consumers live, while tapping into the best specialized tech talent around the world to enhance the user experience and efficiency and effectiveness of our platform.

Grab’s new R&D centre in India will be located on Indira Nagar, in the heart of Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley. The new center will house up to 200 talented engineers, who will focus on developing new payments technologies for GrabPay, Grab’s digital payments platform.

In Vietnam, Grab’s new R&D center in Ho Chi Minh City will capitalize on the thriving pool of engineering talent in that country.

Grab Singapore will move to a larger office space of almost 100,000 square feet in the Central Business District. It will continue to drive development of the app based on local market research, and introduce new services and features that improve the user experience.