Top 5 features your Taxi Dispatch Software must have.

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You are about to procure a ready-made Taxi Dispatch Software and get your business online instantly. Just before deciding which vendor to go with, check if the system provided by your chosen vendor has these top important features:

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  1. Airport pickup / Drop:

Almost in every city in the world, a normal ride inside the city is different and a ride to the airport is different. Cab & Taxi drivers consider a trip to the airport completely different owing to some important factors like: More traffic, More Tolls, More distance & More time. Since a single Airport pickup or drop can consume nearly half a day of a taxi driver, it is wise to have a different billing strategy for Airport rides. The Taxi Dispatch software you choose to employ for your Car rental business should consider this fact. It should have separate provisions for you to configure separate billing and process for Airport pickups and drops.

2. Hourly Rentals:

Believe it or not, in our experience we have seen 7 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start with a ride hailing business will eventually require this feature. While in a normal Taxi dispatch business you just require UBER like business, the hourly rentals feature helps you service your customers all the more better. You will soon notice that a majority of your customers asking you if they can also hire your Taxi’s on a hourly or daily rental. This type of rental is also good business. Please note that hourly rentals is different from self-driving rentals. In the later model, the car is driven by the passenger himself ( Eg: Hertz, AVIS etc. follow this Self-Driving rental business model ).

3. Ride Sharing:

I would say, this is one feature which is very essential in any Taxi dispatch software. Even unicorn companies like UBER, LYFT have eventually introduced it in a lot many cities. Your passengers will call this the darling of all features. It enables them to share a ride with other passengers and save big on money. At the same time many passengers like to meet new people and have a conversation during their ride.

4. Geo Fencing:

Geo fencing is a feature that can be used to keep users entering from un-desired locations away. Most often you would need to open up your App only for users in certain cities or location. If a user from some other part of the world open your app, you would need to politely tell them the service is not yet open in their location & it would be coming soon. To achieve this you need the Geo fencing feature in your Taxi Dispatch software. This helps also in minimizing malicious attacks from un-wanted geographies.

5. Future Ready:

This point may not sound important, but never ignore the near future. See that the Taxi dispatch software you are buying is ready to be used by the upcoming trends. Is your system ready to be integrated with connected cars? Is there any intelligence built into the script you have selected? Is the Taxi dispatch platform ready for the Driver-less cars? Believe-it-or-Not, your fleet will have Driver-less cars by 2018 end. Every car manufacturer in the world are releasing their Autonomous models in 2018. Even if you plan on introducing 1 Tesla like car in your fleet, you would need a software that can plug into its Self-Driving software.

6. Chat feature

Many may argue why a chat feature is required in a taxi dispatch software when the customer can directly call the driver. We accept this rational thinking completely. But, study has found that a majority of customers are stuck in a spot where they cant do a voice call after booking a taxi on their app ( Meetings, Silent zone, Classroom etc. ). In such cases the chat feature becomes very handy for them to send out messages to the driver and get a reply. So to make things easy for your passenger, see that the taxi booking system you plan on employing has a robust chat feature available in it.

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We will keep this list of essential features any Taxi dispatch software should have.

FAQ:

What is the difference between the hosted model and a downloadable model in Taxi Dispatch Software?

Hosted model:

It an also be called the SAAS model ( Software as a Service ). Hereby your entire application is hosted on the cloud already by the vendor. All you need to do is pay a monthly subscription fee and create an instance of the service for your business and use it by paying the monthly fee.

Pro’s: Cost effective, No need to maintain your own server, All technological headaches are taken care by the Saas provider.

Con’s: Reliable only if provided by a big company, Your data resides in the vendors server, You dont own your software.

Downloadable model:

It can also be called as the normal installable model. Here in you pay for the entire software and own it. The software will be installed on your own servers and handed over up and running. You own your source code and you can customize it as per your wish.

Pro’s: You are not stuck or dependent on your vendor, Your won your source code/ software 100%, You can customize your Taxi dispatch software as per your like using any vendor.

Con’s: The technology and server is yours to maintain and run, An extra initial investment is required procure the software.

Why Tesla Open-Sourced its Patents ?

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Elon Musk is clearly on a mission to change a lot of fundamental beliefs and practices. The maverick entrepreneur is something of a jack of all trades and master of them all as well, having tasted a degree of success in most ventures others can only dream of having. With Paypal he changed the way online transactions were carried out. SpaceX has altered the way we think about space travel. Musk has had the audacity to think of trips to the moon as an everyday, commercial affair.

And with Tesla he is pushing the boundaries of what we think electric and hybrid vehicles are capable of doing. The Canadian-American magnate has made it amply clear that conventions and rules mean little to him. But his latest caper is quite dumbfounding, even for his standards.

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“All our patents belong to you.” Like a thunderclap at dawn, Tesla’s document outlining its open-sourcing of its patents makes its intentions clear up front. The press release sent most observers of Musk and motoring in general into a deep and stolid period of cogitation.

Why would a veritable superpower in the world of electric vehicles, holding hundreds of patents, leave most of its intellectual property to be exploited by competitors and in essence, anybody?

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There are a couple of reasons why the move by Tesla is so astounding. Firstly, it flies in the face of anything we’re used to seeing in the industry. Patents are a means to secure one’s work so that it cannot be used by competitors from making use of or monetary benefit from their findings. It is also uncharacteristic for Tesla to do such a thing, as until now they have used their portfolio of patents in a most conventional manner- to foster innovation within the company and to maintain the innovation chasm it has established between itself and its rivals.

This raises a simple question. Why? Why would Tesla do such a thing? It seems like the kind of move that could bring an end to its dominance in the field of electric vehicles. Also, how much access does Tesla really give with regards to its patents? Let’s find out.

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The first and most emergent reason that seems to behind Tesla’s move is to allow for greater standardization in the field. As with any emerging technology, one of the greatest impediments to the spread of electric vehicles has been the lack of standardized technology.

Consider charging stations, for example. Any electric vehicle owner will tell you that the lack of charging stations is one of the main problems they face. But it isn’t just the paucity that is hurting them, but the lack of uniformity. There are several different kinds of technologies that co-exist for charging electric and hybrid cars. If, instead, there was a standard technology used for charging stations, it would allow the infrastructure to be laid out more rapidly and be more ubiquitous.

Thus, it seems that Tesla has been almost altruistic in giving away its patents. Doing this will make their technology of preference known, and give it a shot at being the standard for the industry. It seems like a bit of a calculated risk but it also gives Tesla the chance to establish itself as the company providing the standards, and hence being the leader in its space. In doing so Tesla encourages greater uniformity in the kind of technology that is used while also asserting itself as an industry pacemaker.

With patents, a lot of what is kosher and what isn’t comes down to the legalese. Tesla has stated in its release that it won’t go after anyone that applies its technology in “good faith.” We’ll probably find out exactly what that means only when someone does breach the boundaries of good faith. On this point, it’s those that will potentially make use of the patents that will need to play it safe. How reliable really is Tesla’s declassification of its patents? One wouldn’t want to be the manufacturer to make use of Tesla’s technology only to find out that they’ve made an infringement.

Bottom-Line:

Thus, as with any other legal matter, it is the nitty-gritties that it will all come down to. It may seem like Tesla has kept to its maverick ways and pulled another fast one on us. But at the end of the day it will be a court of law, mostly in the USA or France (where Tesla also has some of its patents filed) that will decide how the patent publishing plays out.