In London there is the "Zingo" service which you dial up on your mobile phone (cell-phone); the computer automatically identifies your location and you are put directly in verbal touch with the nearest available taxi driver. There is no other number to ring. The driver adds a £2 charge to your meter fare.
I found it does not work very well in the suburbs, where there are few
licensed black cabs.
Happy New Year,
Dave Wetzel; Vice-Chair; Transport for London.
From: Eric Britton [mailto:eric.britton@...
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2005 8:51 AM
Subject: [NewMobilityCafe] Google gets into the taxi business
Editor's note: For some reason this had escaped my attention. (And thanks to
Kevin McLaughlin of AutoShare for bringing this to my attention.)
I cannot overly exaggerate what I believe to be the importance of this
marriage of technologies - a long time theme in all our work at The Commons and the New Mobility Agenda. Also we are nudging here into our long time favorite and much neglected candidate for the missing link in the New Mobility Agenda - technology assisted what we have always in the past called "paratransit", but today and for reasons that will shortly become clear "xTransit": smaller than bus shared vehicles with, yes, real human drivers, flex routes and dynamic scheduling)
* Want to know more about Google Taxi? Click here -
* Want to try it for yourself. Well why not