Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Taxify is set to become Poland's Anti-Uber

Paul Chen

Uber has been a disruptive force to cities everywhere. No matter where they go, be it Grmany or London, people are upset by their presence. They offer you an alternative to the local taxi companies by offering you rides by private individuals. They have a clever app that uses GPS's to get you the closest ride at an affordable rate. However, they have been accused of unfair business practices by their rivals like Lyft as well as local established taxi firms. As a result, local taxi firms feel that technology is leaving them in the dust.

Taxifyis trying to help local taxi firms become more competitive. The app was developed by a team in Estonia. They are funded by the VC that brought you Skype. They have successfully set up their services in Tallinn, Helsinki, Riga, Kiev, Minsk, and Gdansk. Recently, they have set up a network in Krakow and are hoping to extend their reach to the rest of southern Poland.

All you need to do is to download their app. Choose a car near your location and order the ride. The taxi will show up, you verify your identity and off you go. Taxify have already locked up 5 of the smaller taxi firms. In the future, the larger ones should follow suit. Unlike Uber which is quite hard with their commission model, Taxify is willing to negotiate with the taxi companies. Taxify also will offer the taxi companies a dispatch software for more effective distribution of rides. (Personally, I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing)

Taxify will be the only firm from Poland to be part of EU's International Road and Transport Union, which tries to put everyone on a level playing field.

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