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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to Get a Cab in San Francisco with Your iPhone

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 8:37 AM

click to enlarge Was it ever easy to hail a cab?
  • Was it ever easy to hail a cab?

We just told you that in 30 years we could be living in a spooky world where we use our iPhones to do everything -- even robbers will you hold you up with iGuns. And here is evidence that we are well on our way to living in the iWorld.

The Examiner this morning kindly reports this great news: It could become so much easier to catch a cab in San Francisco, thanks to your iPhone. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is considering a plan to allocate $400,000 for a new high-tech cab-hailing program that uses smartphones.

This kinda seems long overdue. Why should we hail a cab when our phones could do it for us?

This is how it would work: Smartphone users will be able to view a map of all the available cabs in the city (this is assuming any are available). Then, with one tap, you hail the closest cab.

Let's just review what a complete pain in the ass it is to get a cab in San Francisco. A controller's report in 2006 validated everyone's frustrations, concluding that 33 percent of people who were trying to hail a taxi on a Saturday night waited longer than 30 minutes.

The San Francisco-based company Cabulous already offers the technology

and contracts with 400 taxis in the city, according to the Ex. Cabulous is in talks with the MTA to extend the technology to all 1,500 cabs in San Francisco.

And while that won't solve all of your problems, it will at least give you more of a reason to hit the town on Saturday nights. 

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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