BBC – Taxi technology: Why catching a cab will never be the same
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The days when people phoned for a taxi or simply hailed one on the street may be coming to an end. Technology is revolutionising the way we catch a cab with a ride now just a click away through mobile phone apps like like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Instantcab and Flywheel.
Many of these services are part of the so-called “sharing economy” in which car owners offer to drive strangers in exchange for a “donation”.
California has just become the first state in the US to regulate ride-sharing, a move that has angered traditional taxi drivers.
Alastair Leithead spent a day in Los Angeles exploring some of the new ways of getting around.
We understand the extent to which behavioural change in transport habits and practices can be facilitated through the creation of a new form of ‘transport network’, based on extending social networking principles to transport users.
The project has developed a suite of mobile phone apps for each of the corresponding research contexts. Watch videos and read details of the projects aims, key findings and outputs.
The 6ST team comprised researchers from the universities of Southampton, Edinburgh, Salford, Bournemouth and Lancaster.