Tuesday 23 May 2017

After a night out, taxis are just an app away

Nick Collins in London

A new smart-phone app has been launched that automatically searches for the nearest taxi, sends it to the passenger's location and even pays the fare.

Kabbee, a free iPhone app which was launched last week, has already signed up 4,000 licensed minicabs in the Greater London area.

After registering with the service and linking their account to their credit card, users simply need to enter their destination to obtain a range of quotes, along with estimated waiting times.

The phone's in-built technology tells taxi firms where the fare is, and the driver with the best quote is immediately dispatched.

Passengers can use their iPhone to pay the cost via their bank account.

The details are sent out to any registered driver within a mile radius and the first to respond picks up the fare.

Chas Ball, chief executive of the Carplus charity, which supports such groups, said: "There is a generation that no longer thinks the car is a must-have, but the iPhone is." He said the service was perfect for "booking on the fly". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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