A taxi app

June 27th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A new app aims to help Kiwis find the closest, cheapest taxi and rates individual drivers, but industry watchdogs say they are wary of the tool.

Cab Chooze began in Auckland yesterday and developers say it will find consumers the best deal and generate extra business for drivers.

The idea was developed by Youchooze IT, a family business run by West Aucklanders BK Sharma, his son Arjun and wife Payal.

Project manager Mr Sharma said the idea came in 2011 when Arjun was unable to hail a taxi late at night.

“It took him hours to get a cab and the price was so high that he was really quite shocked, which made him come up with the idea of ‘why can’t cabs be available to the consumer conveniently?’

“Cab Chooze means the consumer has the choice to pick their cab based on its rating, how quickly it can come to them and on the fare.”

That’s a great idea. It’s appalling that you can’t even go to one website for a city and see a list of all the taxi firms and their fare schedules.

But I’ve long advocated a GPS app for , where you can signal your location, and they respond. What I think would be key is that you the customer also can see the GPS location of your taxi, once confirmed. That means if you are in a bar or restaurant, you know once the taxi has arrived.

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24 Responses to “A taxi app”

  1. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    Such an app is called “Uber” – and it is utterly outstanding. Rolling out amongst big cities across the world. Completely cashless, all done via the smartphone.

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  2. CJPhoto (221 comments) says:

    BOOM:

    https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/hutt-city-taxis-wellington/id472884401?mt=8

    Anything else you want?

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  3. anonymouse (715 comments) says:

    But I’ve long advocated a GPS app for taxis, where you can signal your location, and they respond. What I think would be key is that you the customer also can see the GPS location of your taxi, once confirmed.

    Apparently this service offers that feature

    http://cabchooze.co.nz/howitworks

    But I am not convinced about the usability of this system from the cab driver’s end

    They are expected to “bid” via their phone on each fare that pops up from potential customers, I am not sure what filtering the app will do on the matching of offers and bids.
    I can see this becoming a really burdensome overhead that many drivers will not want, especially in very busy areas

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  4. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Don’t know about Wellington but in Auckland every second camel jockey that has landed here has got himself a piece of shit car and written taxi on the door.

    For the sake of $5 per trip only use -Corporate Cabs or Auckland Co-Op Taxis . Its called personal safety especially if your wife or daughter is using the service.

    You don’t need an app just a phone contact list

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  5. Kea (12,784 comments) says:

    Pauleastbay, I was up there last last week and used a Green Cab to run around. I could not complain and the Indian guy was very good and always on time. Perhaps the “curry munchers” are better than the “camel jockeys” ?

    I suggest you are living in the wrong city if you are uncomfortable around our coloured brothers, when your not pepper spraying them ;)

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  6. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Kea

    Green cab – fucking progressive commie pansy. If its not at least a V6 burning 98 Octane you are obviously a smearing coward and a liar and that’s why New Zealand is fucked because none of the taxi drivers are playing Sarah Pallins greatest hits on auto rotate.

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  7. Camryn (543 comments) says:

    https://taximagic.com/en_US – worked well for me in San Francisco. Generates PDFs for the expense claim too.

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  8. MT_Tinman (3,184 comments) says:

    Wonderful stuff.

    My customers can telephone me while this crap (for a very short time) should have the scab-cabs running around like blue-ass flies.

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  9. Kea (12,784 comments) says:

    Pauleastbay, shhhh don’t tell Griff ;)

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  10. Manolo (13,743 comments) says:

    Pauleastbay is right on the money!

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  11. slijmbal (1,236 comments) says:

    Mate taxi driver talked about similar apps abroad but not based on bidding but included customer feedback, having favourite drivers, pre-booking specific drivers, receiving real time updates on ETA and some other features that escape me.

    The issue appeared to be that this could make co-ops not viable by pretty much replacing them. The managers of several co-ops are perceived as running the co-ops for their own benefits rather than for the drivers. Apparently, the discussion in his co-op got quite heated with the managers making various threats around contracts and insisting any such apps had to be under the management of the co-op etc Always a good sign for the customer when the incumbent is scared.

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  12. WineOh (630 comments) says:

    “Industry Watchdogs are wary of the tool” … ??

    Wary that it will be skewed by a sponsored taxi brand, or wary that it will eliminated some of the price gouging and drive down prices for consumers? There are way too many taxi’s in Welly, I can’t speak for Auckland.

    Near my business there was a taxi stand nearby, but the taxis would also take all the pay & display parks nearby and put $0.20 in the meter if a parking nazi walked by. They closed down the taxi rank & shifted it around the corner. Just moved the problem. Council went to extra lengths to create “taxi restricted parking” zones around numerous cab ranks, which made it illegal for taxis to park in the pay & display parks. Taxi’s instead double-parked in the street.

    Conclusion: too many taxis chasing too few fares at too high a price.

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  13. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    But I’ve long advocated a GPS app for taxis

    You’ve “advocated”?

    What exactly does this mean? Either you’ve tried to get it done, or you’ve just talked about it. I think you’ve been around politicians too long!

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  14. thaksinsproposal (40 comments) says:

    hello is that ‘Blue star taxis’
    .. yes ..
    good please send me a taxi to the corner of Durham street and Kimlore street
    Blue Star taxi operator ..’ can you spell Kilmore street’ ..
    you are joking with me its kilmore. Takes breath between each letter
    Blue Star taxi operator ‘ and where else what street
    Durham street jesus christ I say are you in Christchurch
    No Sir blue Star Taxis operates its new improved update system from Auckland now.

    Jesus Christ forget it I walk home i

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  15. thaksinsproposal (40 comments) says:

    I am in Bangkok, GPS is a future dream, but I hardly have my umbrella up before he pulls in.
    They speak in Thai and we are off to China town only twelve kilometres but this is Bangkok, may be 40 minutes.
    The taxi driver starts his clock at 35 bahts and when we get there it says 125 bahts.
    I can not believe it 40 minutes in a taxi for five $NZ
    This is where you get to think about tips, and I do,
    this man has a family

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  16. Kea (12,784 comments) says:

    thaksinsproposal, you lucky bugger. China town is great. I found the Taxis there were very good and never ripped me off, at least not enough I noticed.

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  17. thaksinsproposal (40 comments) says:

    From my place in Christchurch to the airport is 15 minutes.
    the taxi wants $NZ45, I do not think so , I ring my friend, and say what you doing,
    ‘taking you to airport she says then you give me credit $NZ35 ‘

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  18. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (888 comments) says:

    DPF – You get excited very quickly….

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  19. freemark (580 comments) says:

    Bangkok taxis, yes mainly great. A good way to check & keep them honest is to fire up your phone GPS (I use Nokia Maps) & keep an eye on it… when they do the right thing tip them well, when they don’t.. show them the map, scold them with a smile, & tip them not so well!

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  20. unpcnzcougar (52 comments) says:

    Have used Uber in the U.S. and it is sensational. I think they may be starting here and it is a service that I would use. Any driver (cab or town car) can belong to Uber and the ratings system works well – you rate the driver and they rate you. You know exactly what time they are arriving, their name and it’s cashless. A receipt is emailed to you within 30 seconds.

    I now park at the airport as it is a minimum of $85 for the 23km journey one way.

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  21. MT_Tinman (3,184 comments) says:

    thaksinsproposal (23) Says:
    June 27th, 2013 at 6:57 pm
    hello is that ‘Blue star taxis’
    .. yes ..
    good please send me a taxi to the corner of Durham street and Kimlore street
    Blue Star taxi operator ..’ can you spell Kilmore street’ ..
    you are joking with me its kilmore. Takes breath between each letter
    Blue Star taxi operator ‘ and where else what street
    Durham street jesus christ I say are you in Christchurch
    No Sir blue Star Taxis operates its new improved update system from Auckland now.

    Jesus Christ forget it I walk home i

    BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BST operates from ChCh.

    You are obviously an outright liar!

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  22. emmess (1,428 comments) says:

    “We are not worried about competition, we are concerned about the safeguards there for the public and the reputation of the taxi industry.”

    He said the industry was largely based on phone records, and apps removed that safeguard. There was a risk unregistered taxi drivers could muscle in on the app’s clientele.

    Bullsheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet
    They just know the days of ridiculously high taxi fares are numbered.
    In five to ten years, we will be using apps like this to call up driverless cabs.

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  23. Sean (301 comments) says:

    We have this in Singapore, for the major taxi company. Order the cab and can see it coming on the screen of your phone so can pop out when ready. Handy in the rain/haze…

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  24. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Shouldn’t there be a Union or something moaning about this as it involves ratings and “performance pay”….;-)

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