4 Great Android Taxi Apps

By Steve McFarlane

It can be a hassle and a waste of time to stand on the side of the road hailing a cab or waiting on the cab the dispatch service said would be there in just a few minutes.

Taxi apps make it easy for you to see what cabs are near your, request service from one of those cabs and watch it as it makes its way to you; they are indeed the modern way to hail a cab.

By and large most taxi app booking services are localized, so it can be difficult to get service outside of where some services are concentrated. That said, some smart phone taxi booking services have crossed national borders. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Uber

To be politically correct, you refer to your Uber driver as a personal driver, not a taxi driver. Uber is an on-demand private driver request system. To use the service:

  • Set your location
  • Send a request and wait for the car
  • Hop out of the car and rate the driver.

You don’t need to worry about payment, as that will be taken from the card you have on file.

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Taxi Magic

Taxi Magic’s booking service is available in 65 taxi fleets in over 40 major U.S. cities and tap-to-call fleets in over 4,000 U.S. and Canadian cities. Taxi Magic allows you to:

  • Find taxis based on your location or you can specify an alternate location you want to be picked up from
  • Book a taxi in a few quick taps
  • Track the arrival of your taxi through dispatch updates and a map that is updated in real time
  • Display the driver’s name and the taxi number
  • Charge the ride to your credit card
  • Expense the trip with an e-receipt

The Taxi Magic app and booking service are free. If you want to pay for your ride with a credit card through the app and receive an e-receipt there is a $1.50 documentation charge you will have to pay.

If you leave home without your smart phone you can even book a taxi via text messaging. Simply send a text to Taxi Magic with your pickup location and you should get a confirmation of the booking from dispatch with the taxi number and the name of the driver who is on his way.

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cab4me taxi finder

cab4me is an award winning taxi app that helps you to get a cab when you need it. The app shows distance of companies in result list and shows taxi ranks where available.
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myTaxi – Passenger Taxi App

If you are in Germany, Austria, Australia, Zurich try MyTaxi. Your service request is sent to the nearest driver, and like most other taxi apps, driver details such as ratings, picture, name and ETA are displayed for you to see.
MyTaxi service is also available in:
Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Essen, Hamburg, Hannover, Heilbronn, Frankfurt, Gera, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Cologne, Leverkusen, Leipzig, Lubeck, Munich, Mainz, Nuremberg, Offenbach, Stuttgart, Sylt, Salzburg, Wiesbaden, Wurzburg and Vienna.

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Conclusion

How well these apps work will depend on the quality of the GPS service and the professionalism of the drivers you use. For instance, it is not uncommon for a taxi app to tell you that a cab is 1.5 miles away only to report that it is in fact 3 miles away when you refresh the app.

All-in-all, ordering a taxi with your Android is way better than calling dispatch and being left on hold. Using a taxi app is also safer for the rider and taxi driver alike, because the rider can see details about the driver before he/she gets there and the driver can use the panic feature, that is built into some apps, to alert dispatch if there is an emergency.

There is no app that can give you full service in all areas so you may still need to do some searching for a service that works in your area.

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