Do you like to go out at night? Then you must know what it’s like to be standing in the cold outside of a bar in desperate need of a taxi because you’ve had a drink too many. The only problem is there aren’t any taxis around and you don’t have the number of a local cab company. It’s even worse when you’re stuck in a city you don’t know. How do you get the number for the best cab company in the area?
Don’t worry because there’s now an app for just about anything. Cab4me is a taxi app that made it into the Android Developer Challenge Top 10. It’s got to be good for something, right?
Cab4me has an ambitious plan for the future. The developers envision developing an automatic taxi hire system where you no longer need to call the actual cab company. This obviously hasn’t been made possible yet. Nevertheless, cab4me can be extremely useful.
You can find your location using the cab4me app by:
Using the built-in GPS
Manually enter an address
Your location is then displayed on a Google Map. All taxi stands in your area are shown. Warning: any user can mark a taxi stand. With the help of a carma feature you can see how taxi stands have been rated by others. Be sure to take a look at these because it’s possible that the taxi stand you need no longer exists.
With a quick click of a button you get a list of all the taxi companies based in your area. Find out more detailed information about a specific company by clicking on it:
Payment methods: let’s you know if a company is cash-only or accept credit cards.
Services: Do taxis run 24/7? Can they take you to the airport? Find out all that here.
Available cars: Let’s you whether vans, limos or just normal taxis are available. Really useful if your traveling in a big group and don’t feel like searching around for a big enough taxi
Taxi company’s homepage
Rate the taxi company
If the list is missing certain taxi companies, be sure to let the cab4me team know about it.
If you happen to have favorite cab companies in different cities, you can add these to your favorites list. That way you have quick access to all your numbers when you need a taxi. Next to the favorites is a history that lists every company you’ve contacted.
I’ve been looking for an app like this for a long time now. Of course, not all taxis can be displayed. But the bigger the cab4me community becomes, the better their database is going to get – and it’s pretty impressive as it is.
The fact that the community can work on improving the database is a great idea. That way you get the latest and most up-to-date information. The cab4me database seems to be getting pretty large already. I managed to find taxis in many different countries with this app, making cab4me the perfect vacation or business trip companion.
Screen & Controls
With its clearly layer-out user interface, cab4me is very easy-to-use.
You can adjust some settings via the menu button:
Automatic Locationing On/Off
Search Providers in Web: display taxi companies from the internet on your list.
Call Company Directly: activating this option lets you call directly from the app.
Show Extra Overlay: display points of interests where cabs are to be found.
Distance Unit: kilometers or miles.
All in all a really well-designed and helpful app for both frequent flyers and frequent partygoers. Those of you that need a taxi from time to time will also get their money’s worth with this wonderful app!
Speed & Stability
Cab4me runs seamlessly without crashing.
cab4me can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.