London is the capital as well as the heart throb of London. It is where all the movers and shakers of the world live and where everything is hot and happening. To cater to all these people, London has a superb public transport system which comprises of the underground and over ground trains, trams, boats, buses, and the first of its kind, the ultra modern Emirates Air line.
Despite having an amazing public transport infrastructure, it is still not enough to accommodate the commuting requirements of the city that is home to almost 8.5 million people. This is where taxis come into play.
As you may know there is a congestion charge for all commuters who want to take their personal cars into London – a charge that actually is quite hefty for day in day out purposes. To add salt to the injury, there are parking charges too. That is the reason Londoners tend to rely on both the public transport and taxis.
Taxi apps galore in London
London is known for its classy black cabs. With Uber taxis coming into play, the concept of on demand taxis became popular. Many taxi companies launched their own version of Uber to cater to the commuting needs of the local crowd.
Some of the more popular ones include
This is an app that connects users to the London black taxi network. This app is available on iPhone, Android as well as Blackberry and Windows. There is no cancellation fee or any sort of minimum fare. Rides can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance.
This app prides itself by being the only “dedicated instant minicab sharing app” that gives passengers the choice of whether they would like to share their trip or not. This app is said to revolutionize London’s minicab industry. Whenever a share request is received passengers are able to see how much they will save should they decide to share their ride. Even if they decide not to share their ride, they still pay a lesser fare compared to black cabs.
The company reputes that it individually picks up the drivers after careful deliberation. At the moment this app can be downloaded on an iOS phones only.
The vehicles run by this app are a blend of cabs and buses, enabling more than one passenger to book a ride. The more the passengers, the cheaper the ride. This app has a unique technology that is said to make 35 million calculations every second to match the seats that are available to passengers who require a seat. The pricing is updated every 20 seconds.
Kabbee prides in calling itself an app that is a “price comparison and booking service for quality minicabs in Greater London” tool. Whenever a user books he ride, the app throws up several quotes for the user’s journey. Bookings can be done up to three months in advance and payment can be done by cash, card or business account. The apps also gives a refund on all trips that are delayed by more than five minutes under its punctuality clause. The Kabbee app is available on Windows, Blackberry, iOS and Android platforms.
Launch an on demand app in this cosmopolitan city
As you might have noted there is a lot of room for anyone looking to start their own taxi booking service in London. Especially now that Uber has been banned in the capital city, now seems to be the ideal time to start this business.
If you observe the popular taxi apps in this city, each one has its own unique feature that makes it stand out from the crowd. That is why you need to think what unique feature your app will offer so that it becomes as popular as the rest.
Once you have thought of your feature, it is time to talk to a developer and get a taxi app developed, in readiness to launch it in London. Remember once you launch your app, you stand to get a percentage commission for every ride booked through your app. The launch will bring you business and income that you had never imagined in your wildest dreams – remember you are catering to a city that is home to eight million commuters. Can you go wrong then?