India: Taxi providers OlaCabs and TaxiForSure have tapped navigation technology provider MapmyIndia to install GPS and tracking devices in their cabs, as part of measures to make travel more secure. According to Rakesh Verma, Managing Director, MapmyIndia, the company has installed tracking systems and GPS in about 10,000 taxis, adding that demand is fast outstripping supply. TaxiForSure has also installed a panic button inside its cars.
"We got bombarded with requests for installations where the taxi companies wanted every vehicle to be traceable," said Verma. The Delhi government has mandated taxi service providers to install GPS devices and provide full database of their drivers to police following the rape of a female passenger earlier this month, allegedly by a driver of contracted to app based taxi service Uber. Web-based taxi booking services have since been banned and the Central government is proposing changes to the Road Safety and Transport Bill, which will include taxi aggregators under its ambit.
The GPS and tracking solution from MapmyIndia is installed in the form of a device that provides accurate location, speed and route of the vehicle, and can be tracked from a smartphone or a connected device at any time. The device is equipped with battery back-up that ensures operation in-case of disconnection and also sends out an alarm to the taxi company. MapmyIndia is also planning to retail the GPS tracking solution through e-commerce sites like Flipkart and Amazon for Rs 10,000.
Source: Economic times