Black-and-yel­low cab­bies launch app to ri­val Uber, Ola

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Kailash Korde

Black-and-yel­low cab­bies are launch­ing their own app to ri­val mo­bile phone ap­pli­ca­tion-based taxi ag­gre­ga­tors such as Uber and Ola. The app, called Aam­chi (Our) Drive, will be avail­able to book black-and-yel­low cabs as well as Cool Cabs (air-con­di­tioned blue and gray colour taxis) from June 1.

There will be no surge pric­ing on this app and com­muters will have to shell out Rs5 more than the gov­ern­ment-ap­proved fare to avail the fa­cil­ity. Two ma­jor unions of con­ven­tional black and yel­low taxi driv­ers in the and Mumbai Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion— have tied up with a Ban­ga­lore­based firm — Sun Telemet­ics Pvt Ltd — to make app-based book­ing avail­able to Mum­bai­ites

di­tioned (AC)) and non-ac cabs with a few clicks on the app. The app will also have a panic but­ton for emer­gen­cies. Pas­sen­gers can also check es­ti­mated fare and

re­ceive a One-time Pass­word via SMS.

Sim­i­larly, cab­bies in the vicin­ity would get an alert about the ride and the cab­bie who first pas­sen­gers. The unions said the app will be free for the cab­bies, how­ever, the pas­sen­gers will have to shell out Rs5 per book­ing to­ward ser­vice charge. “Com­muters would be charged as per the gov­ern­ment fixed fare,”said Ashutosh Vaidya, head of op­er­a­tions of Sun Telem­at­ics. Also, pas­sen­gers will get a bill on their email at the end of jour­ney.

The app will be first avail­able on the An­droid and IOS plat­form and it will sup­port 20 In­dian lan­guages, be­sides English. San­deep Kabre, head of op­er­a­tions of Sun Telemet­ics, said the pas­sen­gers and driv­ers could chose yjr lan­guage as per their con­ve­nience

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