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Mumbai plans to introduce cabs with GPS

Officials involved in the Vision Mumbai project are planning to introduce a more modernized taxi service in this Indian city based on the Singapore model. The new taxis will have facilities like the GPS and two-way radio communication to help them navigate. Customers will be able to opt for an air-conditioned (AC) or non-AC ride and can insist on a printout of their bill.

Preliminary talks have already been held with a Japanese firm and other international and Indian companies are being approached. These large operators will purchase the vehicles and lease them out to drivers. Top government sources said that they would try and have at least three large operators in the city in order to introduce an element of competition. The cars will be sourced from India and the drivers will be trained for the service.