With only one taxi for every 1,061 people, Vancouver has the lowest taxi per capita ratio among the major cities in Canada. This simply means a wait of almost half an hour during the wee hours of the morning, which is not a pleasant way of ending a night of partying. TaxiNow aims to remedy. With a goal of “providing the best and most seamless way for passengers to hail a taxi”, TaxiNow will definitely give a happy ending to anyone who spent the better part of the night painting the town red.
You can download the this week’s edition in PDF format HERE (or grab the full newspaper HERE) or just keep reading (the unrated version) below.
Hailing a cab is so 2010.
Photo cutline: Kevin Falcon, BC’s former Minister of Transportation, knows a thing or two about the taxi business and sees the potential in how TaxiNow can make things a snap for would be travellers.
Sometimes it can be downright painful to get a taxi – especially during the weekend festivities. You’re savvy, you’re cool and I’m sure you have all the taxi companies’ phone numbers programmed into your handheld. I bet you even have the personal numbers of some cabbies, right? On a Saturday night though, good luck getting through.
If you have same luck as I do, you’ve probably stood on a street where available cabs were one block away, when you walked a block, no cabs to be found, except where you started.
On a cold winter night, nobody wants to be me. Well, actually, that’s on most nights, but I digress. Rather than standing out in the cold, isn’t there some way to tackle this issue with technology?
Fortunately, in my desperate search one night, I stumbled upon TaxiNow, a new iPhone application that connects taxi drivers with passengers seamlessly. All I have to do is open the app, it finds my location and locates available cabs close to me. I let the app know I’m looking for a taxi and that’s all there is to it. While I’m waiting, I know the exact position of the taxi coming to meet me and I can even call the driver.
Talk about timely. Now if only it were that easy to find a date.
Raj Taneja is part technologist, part entrepreneur, part social media thought leader and part foodie. Raj spent years planning events under the Urban Mixer brand name. His twitter username is @tinhead.