South Africans have Another electronic tour option available to them with the launch of a homegrown email app called Taxi Live Africa.
Recently launched in Durban, the app allows the participation of taxed, private and owner-operated taxis. The company joins an already crowded market that includes international email companies such as Bolt, inDriver and market leader Uber Technologies.
"Taxi Live Africa is designed to give metered taxi drivers, as well as private taxi drivers and owners, their own application," the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
"This app will allow them to operate in a competitive market and offer passengers an affordable and safe transportation solution."
The app was launched in Durban late last month and has received about 700 applications so far.
Drivers from Johannesburg and Cape Town have also started using the app, the company said. It plans to formally extend to these two cities "within weeks" and then expand to other South African cities in the "coming months."
"The goal is to attract as many nationally licensed taxi drivers as possible," the company said.
The app was developed with the measured and licensed taxi driver market in South Africa in mind.
An important feature includes an emergency button for the user and driver, which can add a trusted contact number of a friend or family member during the trip and share the trip. In an emergency, they can click a button in the app and immediately alert the person who added that there is a potential problem. The trusted contact can track the route the vehicle is taking and seek relevant assistance if necessary.
There is also live chat support, with users and drivers able to chat in real time with Taxi Live Africa's support team and get a quick response to any of your queries.
To register as a driver for Taxi Live Africa, several criteria must be met, the company said: vehicles may be no more than six years old; they must be four-door cars; and drivers must provide all certificates and permits.
Cards and cash payments are accepted.
Taxi Live Africa was founded by Luvuyo Ntshayi and Soyiso Qotyiwe and is self-funded. – (c) 2019 NewsCentral Media