Black and yel­low Mum­bai cabs go dig­i­tal

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Mum­bai’s black and yel­low cabs have gone dig­i­tal with the launch of a mo­bile app. called ‘Aam­chi Drive’ (My Drive). The app. en­ables com­muters to en­gage a cab with­out stand­ing at the kerb-side and flag­ging it down. Launched by trans­port min­is­ter Di­wakar Raote, the mo­bile app. also in­cludes the blue and sil­ver AC cabs. Bring­ing the black and yel­low, and sil­ver and blue AC cabs, of Mum­bai on par with cab ag­gre­ga­tors like Ola and Uber, the mo­bile app. is con­nected to mo­bile wal­lets like Mo­biKwik. Ex­pected to help tide over the com­plaints of taxi driv­ers re­fus­ing trips, the mo­bile app. will link to a cen­tral con­trol room, which will as­sign a taxi by send­ing a mes­sage to both, the driver and the cus­tomer. There will be no ex­tra charge (ser­vice charge) for book­ing. Taxis will ply as per the RTOap­proved fare. There will be no surge pric­ing. Rides will start at Rs.22.15 for the first 1.5 kilo­me­tres, and Rs.14.84 for ev­ery sub­se­quent kilo­me­tre. In case of AC taxis, fare will be Rs.28 for 1.5 kilo­me­tres, and Rs.18 for ev­ery kilo­me­tre there­after. A sum of Rs.5 will be added to the cus­tomer’s bill as a con­ve­nience fee ac­cord­ing to the spokesper­son of Sun Telem­at­ics, which is known to have helped launch the app. Some 3,000 driv­ers are known to have en­rolled for the ser­vice.

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