Houston implements smart taxi platform
Taxi technology company Kaptyn Inc. has signed a five-year agreement with Houston taxi company Taxis of Houston to outfit the Texas fleet with Kaptyn’s NCWM/NIST-certified smart meter and software platform.
The platform is comprised of a taxi meter equipped with an open platform to ride hailing applications, dispatch systems, and payment and cashiering options. Acting as the brain of a connected taxi, the meter is designed to collect, process, and report live trip data while simultaneously functioning as a federally regulated meter. The data is consolidated into the CabManager operating system, providing owners, drivers, and regulators a view of their operations, allowing for cashiering, shift tracking, and performance data to be tracked and reconciled in real time.
The dispatching and demand components of the system direct demand through a single funnel intended to create efficient, reliable supply. The platform is reportedly e-hail agnostic, allowing any mobile app to communicate directly and securely to dispatch the closest vacant, licensed taxi. Additionally, riders are able to push dedicated taxi buttons in high-traffic locations that integrate into the dispatch funnel to immediately dispatch the closest car.
"It's great to add another key U.S city to the Kaptyn platform. Our commitment has always been to create a flexible and sustainable solution for fleets and drivers. We are in over 90% of the Las Vegas market and have been able to operate in parallel with the emergence of TNCs. Our goal is for them to realize that pairing their mobile platform with our justified and proven supply chain is the right answer to the taxi ecosystem. We're a company built by taxi veterans and we want to be partners with owners, invest in their businesses, and succeed with them and their drivers," said Andrew Meyers, CEO of Kaptyn Inc.