First GPS-Enabled Taxi Dispatching System in the Country
Recently, three large taxi companies, Sturdy, R & E and Mabuhay Taxi (Davao City), launched the first Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled taxi dispatching system in Philippines.
The integrated GPS-enabled taxi dispatching system will take job orders received from the call centre and automatically assigns a passenger's call for service to the nearest available taxis in the area.
Taxi drivers can respond by placing their bid for the order as well as locate their prospective passengers through the GPS system. This results in faster response time from the point of order to passenger pick-up as well as better customer service.
According to SmartTaxi Dispatching Inc. Managing Director Michael Ranola, "The deployment of GPS system aimed towards a better management and efficient usage of our taxi fleets. We also want to help our taxi drivers build a stronger and more stable income.
"With the GPS dispatching system, the income of taxi drivers can increase as much as 50% as they no longer need to drive around aimlessly to look for passengers or compete with other taxi drivers for the same passenger. …