Now you can track Poke­mon 24/7 with a new taxi ser­vice

Play­ers can en­joy driv­ing tours to ‘catch ‘em all’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

AVID Poké­mon GO play­ers in west Lon­don are be­ing given a unique op­por­tu­nity to get ahead of fel­low col­lec­tors thanks to an Uxbridge-based taxi com­pany.

Mini­cab com­pany 247 Cars, which cov­ers west Lon­don and beyond, launched its Poké­mon tours for play­ers of the app on Wed­nes­day after sim­i­lar ideas started to pop up around the world.

Poké­mon GO was re­leased in the UK in July and has proved to be a hugely pop­u­lar hit with both chil­dren and adults.

Op­er­a­tions man­ager at 247, Gary Cox, said: “[Poké­mon GO] is just so pop­u­lar. It’s taken off and it’s been un­be­liev­able re­ally.

“We no­ticed world­wide there were loads of com­pa­nies of­fer­ing Poké­mon tours. It’s some­thing new, some­thing no­body has tried. Will it be suc­cess­ful? Only time will tell.”

Mr Cox added that tours were al­ready be­ing of­fered in Mex­ico, Thai­land, the USA and the north of Eng­land but that it was unique in Lon­don.

No one has yet taken a tour since they were launched this week but Mr Cox said peo­ple have al­ready been call­ing in to find out more.

The tours are of­fered at a rate of £20 for one hour’s ex­plor­ing, and the com­pany is hop­ing the driv­ers will learn the hotspots for find­ing rare and pow­er­ful Poké­mon.

The smart­phone app uses GPS to track play­ers’ move­ment as they ex­plore the real world and Poké­mon ap­pear on screen us­ing aug­mented re­al­ity and the phone’s cam­era to make Poké­mon ap­pear on-screen.

Mr Cox added: “It’s safer to be in a li­censed cab with a li­censed driver than have peo­ple wan­der­ing around by them­selves.”

A nine-year-old boy was re­cently robbed by a man who threat­ened to kill him while play­ing the game in Ac­ton.

The 200 driv­ers work­ing for 247 are poised and ready to take their first fares hop­ing to ‘catch em all’.

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