Zoomy

November 8th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The days of hailing a cab may soon be in the past thanks to a new taxi app that promises passengers can order their ride, watch it approach and pay using a smartphone.

Zoomy has just been launched in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and already boasts a 1500-strong taxi driver subscription. It was last night the country’s top-rating travel iPhone app.

Developed by Zoomy co-founders James Fisk, 37, and Neil MacDonald, 28, it follows the country’s first e-hailing app, Cab Chooze, launched here in June.

Mr Fisk said the company, a team of eight, had been developing the app for the past year.

“Catching is often hit or miss,” he said. “Often they turn up late, sometimes not at all and we thought, how could we use smartphone technology to make the whole experience a more enjoyable and safer experience?”

Taxi apps have attracted criticism here and overseas for possible safety issues, but Mr Fisk believes their invention – which displays a photo of the taxi driver, the vehicle’s registration and maps the taxi location – is safer than conventional methods.

“We believe apps are a safer way to order taxis.”

I’ve been wanting a good taxi app for ages. Will try this one out. Anyone out there used it yet?

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11 Responses to “Zoomy”

  1. pedrogarcia (52 comments) says:

    Yuss finally! Imma download this NOW.

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  2. Kleva Kiwi (289 comments) says:

    Is it iPhone only? which is 2/5ths of fuck all?

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  3. pedrogarcia (52 comments) says:

    Tried to download but it didn’t send me an SMS PIN. Already FAIL.

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  4. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    That’s going to go down very badly with Cabcharge when it arrives in Australia. It will go down very nicely with the drivers who currently get raped by that monopoly, however.

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  5. Rick Rowling (813 comments) says:

    Saw this on the TV news, too.

    Great advertising, on the news, on the blogs – I assume this is was a paid post?

    [DPF: You will get tossed if you insult me like that. I always label paid advertorials or ads. I have had no contact with Zoomy at all. As I have done hundreds of times before, I blog on something which I think is cool]

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  6. jams (48 comments) says:

    Just downloaded it on android, signed up and had a play (I don’t need to go anywhere right now though) It’s seriously nicely designed, they have put a lot of work into the UX. I think I need some drinks tonight so I can try it out.

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  7. wikiriwhis business (4,019 comments) says:

    Love it. The current phony trivia is that people are not allowed choice over phoning for sober drivers instead of cabs.

    If this company supplies cabs paid for by app that destroys the arguments of the cab companies complaining patrons aren’t using them. And neither should we if we don’t want to.

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  8. campbellb (1 comment) says:

    Hey, we support most Android phones but are working hard to support even more. You can download it here for Android: http://bit.ly/zoomyandroid and here for iOS:http://bit.ly/zoomyios

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  9. campit (467 comments) says:

    Downloaded it and tried it on iOS. Be aware that as soon as you hit confirm, it searches for available taxis and hails it for you. Fortunately there is a cancel button. A nice touch is showing you details about the driver and the cab you have ordered. You also get the chance to rate your driver.

    The cabs on offer in Auckland don’t include the big companies, clearly they haven’t signed up to it.

    Hopefully leads to lower cab fares!

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  10. Camryn (543 comments) says:

    Will check it out. Used to use Taxi Magic in the US, and it was awesome. I like getting a receipt by PDF for easy expense claiming. Hope this has that.

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  11. Viking2 (11,491 comments) says:

    Similar apps available in Aussie. Caused cab charge to shit its pants.

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