Hailing A Taxi With The Push Of A Button
from the cool dept
Now here’s one of the first wireless applications that I actually think is pretty cool (though, I’m not sure if it’s actually worth using). The application is called Taxi and lets you hail a cab just by pushing a button on your mobile phone. It then uses location based technology to send the information to cab companies to go pick you up. There are some problems with this. I can see how it would be useful in areas where cabs are not plentiful, but in places like Manhattan, I don’t really see how this beats raising your hand. There’s also something about how it sends the request to a “marketplace” for cab companies and they compete over you, but I’m not quite sure how that works. If it just means they alert a lot of cab companies, and whoever gets there first wins, that would be cool (though it may upset cab companies who have to dispatch someone who won’t get a fare). However, if there’s something about competing on price, that would get too confusing, and probably waste too much time.
Comments on “Hailing A Taxi With The Push Of A Button”
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ooo.. this is very cool.. there are few places in the world like manhattan.. even in san francisco, you can’t just walk outside and hail a cab..
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yeah, this is pretty cool. it would even work here in SF where i can’t get a cab on california stret. and hey…if you ever find yourself in manhattan all you have to do is put away your phone and raise your hand.