A new app that allows users to call black cabs and licensed taxis has been launched in the UK, with the aim of combating Uber’s popularity.
The Cab:app works similarly to Uber, enabling customers to hail a cab to their location using an in-app map. It also lets passengers pre-book journeys and decide before travelling whether to pay by cash or card and track driver location while they are en route to the user.
"Cab:app draws on the heritage and expertise of the black cab industry and translates it for the digital world,” explained London taxi driver Pete Schive, a co-founder of the app.
“It connects communities through a business model that is driven by rewards where drivers, passengers and charities all share in its success."
The app has taxi coverage in more than 90 locations around the UK and Ireland and can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android smartphones. Users can collect "cab:miles" on each journey taken using the service and choose to either use these miles to pay for future journeys or donate their monetary value to charity. Journey prices are also fixed for travel over eight miles, the firm says.
"Cabs are integral to the transport infrastructure, connecting the community with road, rail and air," Schive added.
"Cab:app ensures the public can now enjoy the convenience, safety and accessibility associated with the iconic black cab from one national app."
Since launching in the UK, services such as Uber have been criticised as being unfair competition, with black cab drivers in London and other cities across Europe accusing the service of side-stepping some licensing rules.