SOURCE: World Moto, Inc.

World Moto, Inc.

January 05, 2016 08:00 ET

Motorcycle Taxi Startups Surging in India, World Moto Contacted by Multiple Operators

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jan 5, 2016) - World Moto, Inc. (OTC: FARE) (BERLIN: WM7) (BERLIN: A1J8SY) ("World Moto" or the "Company"), a leader in advanced solutions for motorcycle taxis and on-demand transport, today announced that it has been contacted by multiple operators in India looking to take advantage of new regulatory approvals for use of motorcycle taxis in passenger transport.

Haryana, the state surrounding New Delhi on 3 sides, has just become the second state in India, after Goa, to officially permit the use of two wheeled vehicles for commercial passenger carriage. Operations in Haryana officially began on December 1, and these new regulations are already raising expectations that states such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru will soon follow suit. Current estimates are that Haryana alone will require a fleet of at least 50,000 motorcycle taxis and that the industry could represent billions of dollars.

World Moto has recently received an unprecedented number of inquiries from interested parties throughout India as media coverage of this new opportunity has inspired a burgeoning excitement among Indian entrepreneurs, investors and operators. As an example, Baxi, one of the initial operators in Haryana, has already raised $1.5 million in seed money and received commitments from investors of more than $15 million. Baxi has announced they plan to raise around $30 million in the next round of financing. Operators who have contacted the Company have all specified that meters are an integral part of their business plan. India has a strong culture of metered taxis and auto rickshaws.

CEO Paul Giles stated, "India represents a huge market, and just the National Capital Region alone, of which south Haryana is a part, is home to nearly 50 million people. That is nearly 5 times the size of Greater Metropolitan Bangkok, and should motorcycle taxis reach similar densities represents a market of nearly 1.5 million vehicles. This is an extraordinary opportunity for Indian operators to enter a completely untouched market free of any cultural legacies, and World Moto is committed to working with all of them to help build the most professional motorcycle taxi fleets in the world."

About World Moto
World Moto is a technology company that designs, manufactures, markets and sells Moto-Meter products, devices that provide moto-taxi fare metering and other communication capabilities. The Company's Moto-Meter patents have been granted in 4 countries, with applications pending in another 56 jurisdictions. World Moto's products and services include the Moto-Meter™, arguably the world's first motorcycle taxi meter, Wheelies™, which display static and streaming media content on the wheels of motorcycles, and Yes™ (aka HailYes™), a smartphone app for on-demand transportation. For more information on World Moto, please visit World Moto's website at www.worldmoto.com.

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