When I first heard about Uber, I was confident that this would be my ultimate taxi app, if it ever reached Finland and/or Estonia. After all, it was super easy to use, it would get me a good taxi exactly when and where I need it and best of all, I do not have to wait on the phone for 5 minutes.
Unfortunately, Uber did not turn out to be exactly what I hoped it would be. After all it is rather expensive and there is basically no choice in what driver/car you get. Not to take anything away from Uber, they have their niche market and they are doing very well. It was just not something I needed and the same went for a lot of the people I knew.
What I really wanted, though, was an app that would provide me with a choice of all taxies in the area, ranging in price, quality and distance to my pick-up point. However, there wasn’t one. Until now, that is.
Every now and then a startup pops out of the woodwork that we should have covered by now. Copenhagen-based Click A Taxi now covers 50 countries, a steep jump from the nine countries it previously covered. The service is still labeled as beta, but it should be noted that the company is working with over 2,000 taxi companies. Scaling up to 50 countries is obviously a challenge, but the company says they've been working hard over the last nine months to meticulously map cities in 50 countries.
Uber is now warming up its engines in Stockholm. The on-demand private car service has been building a lot of hype in Silicon Valley, where - judging from a few anecdotes - people enjoy talking about how they take Uber to places. The service is still in "Sssh... Secret Ubers only!" mode, which basically means they're still in the trial period and cannot really guarantee availability of rides. But I'm sure our Stockholm-based readers like to feel ahead of the curve so feel free to download the app and see if you can catch a ride.
Cabforce yesterday released its iPhone app, giving (business) travelers a mobile method to book a taxi in foreign cities. Their value proposition is bring clarity to taxi booking, allowing travelers to overcome language barriers, estimate how much they will pay upfront, and receive receipts that the accounting department will easily accept.
Taxi booking is a large market they're after, Cabforce estimates that taxies between the city center and airport could account for 40% of the overall costs of travel in Europe. Currently the Helsinki-based startup operates in 23 cities in 15 countries.
Finnish start-up Cabforce entered the the taxi business scene back in 2010 with plans of building an IT solution for taxi entrepreneurs. The platform provided a web-based dispatch and fleet-management tool along with multichannel booking tools for passengers. This also included a user friendly software that helps cab drivers interact with both clients and dispatchers. Earlier last week Cabforce made announcement on expanding its cab business globally.