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Uber beware! Cab:app lets you pre-book taxis at 90 locations across the UK and Ireland and earn points towards future trips

  • Cab:app was co-founded by London taxi driver Peter Schive
  • It allows you to pre-book a nearby licensed cab, and to pay by cash or card
  • The app is available in 90 locations across the UK and Ireland

However, Uber’s dominance could be under threat from cab:app.

The free Android and iOS app is available in 90 locations across the UK and Ireland, compared to Uber’s 12, it lets users pre-book journeys and passengers can earn points for future trips.

The free Android and iOS cab:app is available in 90 locations (Leeds pictured) across the UK and Ireland, compared to Uber's 12

The applets users pre-book journeys (pictured) and passengers can earn points, or cab:miles for future trips

The free Android and iOS cab:app is available in 90 locations (Leeds pictured left) across the UK and Ireland, compared to Uber’s 12, it lets users pre-book journeys (pictured right) and passengers can earn points, or cab:miles for future trips

Another key distinction is that it uses licensed hackney carriage drivers, or black cab drivers.

HOW THE FREE CAB:APP WORKS

Cab:app is available in major cities such as London, Leeds and Manchester, as well as smaller towns such as Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Limerick and more. The full list is available on the developer’s website.

It works in a similar way to Uber. The app searches for nearby taxi drivers using a person’s location, or they can type in a postcode or street.

Once a driver has accepted the job, the estimated time of arrival is shown and people can choose to pay with cash or card.

In London an Uber X comes with a base fare of £2.50, it charges £1.25 per mile and 15p per minute. The minimum fare is £5.

Cab:app’s prices are based on the local authority rates in the location of the driver. In London, the minimum cost is £2.40 for the first 254.6 metres.

It then costs 20p for every 127.3 metres until the price reaches £17.20. Passengers are then charged 20p for every 89.20 metres.

It works in a similar way to Uber.

The app searches for nearby taxi drivers using a person’s location, or they can type in a postcode or street.

Once a driver has accepted the job, the estimated time of arrival is shown and people can choose to pay with cash or card.

The app also includes a loyalty program based on Cab:miles that are collected on each journey and can then be used to pay future rides, or used to make a charitable donation.

There is a catch, however – cab:app isn’t as cheap as Uber.

As an example, in London an Uber X comes with a base fare of £2.50, it charges £1.25 per mile and 15p per minute. The minimum fare is £5.

Cab:app’s prices are based on the local authority rates in the location of the driver.

In London, the minimum cost is £2.40 for the first 254.6 metres.

It then costs 20p for every 127.3 metres until the price reaches £17.20.

Passengers are then charged 20p for every 89.20 metres.

On average, a 3-mile (5km) journey in London in an Uber costs a minimum of £6.25, plus time in the car, compared to cab:app’s £9.40, plus car time.

The prices for local authority rates across the UK are available from Yourtaximeter.com.

Cab:app drivers charge using the meter for the first 8 miles (13km) after which a discount is applied based on the location.

Cab:app allows for an in-app pre-booking of black cabs,

$50 billion app Uber allows passengers to instantly hail nearby drivers using an in-app map

Cab:app only uses licensed drivers (stock image of a black cab is shown) but there is a catch. Cab:app isn't as cheap as Uber. In London an Uber X comes with a base fare of £2.50, it charges £1.25 per mile and 15p per minute. Cab:app's prices are based on the local authority rates in the location of the driver and can vary widely

Cab:app drivers charge using the meter for the first 8 miles (13km) after which a discount is applied 

When a taxi is booked using cab:app it quotes a price and this remains fixed, regardless of time and distance.

But cab:app doesn’t have as many drivers as Uber, which could make booking a taxi at the last minute more difficult.

‘Cab:app draws on the heritage and expertise of the black cab industry and translates it for the digital world,’ said the app’s co-founder and taxi driver Peter Schive.

Taxi drivers in the UK and throughout Europe have criticised Uber for being ‘unfair competition’ since the app’s arrival from the US in the early 2010s.

Transport for London has put forward some regulation proposals, including the requirement of a compulsory five-minutes wait between a ride’s booking and its beginning, but the plan has been lambasted by the competition watchdog.

While Cab:app is a clear bid on the part of licensed drivers to challenge Uber in the digital realm, it is not the first of its kind.

Hailo, an app founded in 2011 lets users find licensed cabbies and uses a pre-book option akin to Cab:app too.

However, Hailo is only available in five locations across the UK and Ireland.

Elsewhere, high-end car service Blacklane also allows pre-booking, and private-hire firm Addison Lee recently added a ‘snooze’ function that lets users delay their booking from fifteen to sixty minutes.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3342756/Uber-beware-Cab-app-lets-pre-book-taxis-90-locations-UK-Ireland-earn-points-future-trips.html#ixzz3tGzwlscM
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