In 2004 when the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission began requiring all NYC taxicabs to start using a taxicab technology system, or TTS. The physical device was installed in the backseat of taxicabs, and among other things, would provide credit and debit card payment services and would further collect electronic data about trip routes, trip times, and fees by means of GPS monitoring. In 2010, the taxi commission announced that almost 22,000 drivers had “illegally overcharged at least one passenger” by setting their meters to charge out-of-city rates while still in the city. The drivers who were aware that the technology was installed in their vehicle lost their taxi license or were required to pay fines.
And in today’s world, anyone who stops and really thinks about taxis just assumes that they all use Tracker For Car
. It’s a no-brainer. A GPS tracking system and the Taxi business just go hand in hand with each other, and there are very good reasons why. Before GPS Tracking systems, communication with central control and each other ways much more difficult. Cell phones and smart phones either hadn’t been invented yet, or were not small enough and portable enough to do the job. Two way radios were about the only viable solution, and those had range limitations.
Before two way radios, taxis would queue up near busy intersections, or designated taxi stands, hoping that they would get a fare. If you needed an emergency taxi from your home, you would call the central office and wait until the next taxi went back to the office to be sent out to fetch you. Once the radios made it into the cabs, things became slightly faster, but much more dangerous. Radios that were always turned on caused annoying white noise when no one was on the system, and distracting chatter when contracts were being called out to other cabs. When phones started to make it to the market that were small enough to put in the cabs, they were often to expensive for the businesses. Whether it was a radio or a phone, receiving a call took at least one of the driver’s hands away from the wheel, and diverted his attention. We all know today that distracted driving increases the risk of an accident exponentially.
A taxi company’s central office was a hectic place, with a horde of operators receiving contracts, and then calling out on the radio system, asking for whomever was closest to the contract’s location to answer and take the fare. It was impossible to guess which car might be closest to the contract at any given time.
Regardless of how big your fleet is, GPS tracking is a useful and effective device in taxi fleet management. With taxi management tracking using 3G GPS tracking device, you have all the information you need about each of your vehicles that will benefit your company as well as your customers. Information that are accessible anytime, anywhere you want. Drivers using business vehicles for personal use can be prevented. You don’t also have to worry anymore about your vehicles meeting accidents on the road due to speed driving. Because with taxi management tracking, you can do the following:
Provide customers the estimated time of cab’s arrival to avoid unnecessary waiting