For close to two years, CabCorner’s pitched itself primarily as a “cab-sharing” platform. Yet the ever-elusive “critical mass”–which refers to the level of usage by people in the same area headed the same direction around the same time–proved as difficult for us to capture as it had to our competitors. (Rest in peace, RidePenguin….)
So we added other features, like the Fare Calculator, and reinvigorated our brand, pitching the Company as an online Social Transportation Logistics (STL) utility. And in that vein, we have made plans to begin offering cab “booking” services. This functionality will be deployed early in 2011.
Yet the experience of competitor UberCab–which recently acquired $1.25 million in financing–has been instructive. UberCab refashioned itself as plain old “Uber” after receiving a cease and desist order, though it has no intention of doing either. And the issue is one with implications for similar operators around the country: can online cab booking platforms operate legally under the definition of cab dispatcher? Click HERE to read more.
For the moment, though, it doesn’t look like UberCab is out of the game. In fact…
…it recently just released its Android-based application to accommodate on-the-go bookings. In truth, this is an asset and offering CabCorner seeks to emulate; our version of the same is already under development. Soon, CabCorner will join the likes of Weeels, Uber, Taxi Magic, Cabulous, and others in this sector. What will differentiate CabCorner is the versatile, intuitive workflow of the system, along with the myriad additional offerings (HotSpots, Fare Calculator, et cetera) and, of course, the ability to accommodate cab sharing.
Check out some of the news coverage our competitors have received (reports on Uber, Taxi Magic, and Cabulous). We’ve been really inspired by the payment innovations… using your phone to pay your fare, as opposed to that ancient concept near extinction: cash.
And read THIS report about UberCab, as it hints at something we’ve been working on with a player overseas: the facilitation of an ad hoc “gypsy cab” culture, in which car owners seek to make a few bucks by catering to the cab share requests s/he sees on a platform like CabCorner.
In other news, the future arrives today. The hybrid fleet of Denver’s Metro Taxi earned the company a designation of “Greenest Taxi Company in the Nation.” Not to be outdone, though, NYC is soliciting bids from companies to design the most comfortable, fuel efficient vehicles in the world. Check out some of the thrilling designs. CabCorner is pursuing relationships with these players, as each intends “cab-sharing” to be a fundamental component of the revolution in taxi transport.
And here’s the story on RidePenguin…