Five apps for arranging ground transportation
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As someone who travels almost constantly, I find myselfrnroutinely needing taxis or limos in unfamiliar cities. Thankfully, there arernquite a few smartphone apps that can be used to arrange for ground transportation.rnThis article lists five such apps.
Before we get started, I want to pass along one bit ofrnadvice: It’s a good idea to check the geographic service area prior torndownloading an app. Many of the apps that are available work only in specificrncountries or specific cities. I have tried to put together a list of apps thatrnare as versatile as possible, but one does have significant geographicrnrestrictions — although I had a special reason for including it.
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The other thing I like about this app is its simplicity. Thernapp makes the process of requesting a cab idiot proof — and believe me, that’srna good thing on those mornings when I am getting up insanely early because I’verngot a 5:00 AM flight.
Easy Taxi is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
The app itself is pretty simple. You merely verify that yourrnGPS location on a map is correct and tap Confirm Pickup Location. The USrnversion of the website claims to have access to 45,000 taxis.
mytaxirnis available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.
GroundLink Car and Limo Service
The app’s functionality is almost identical to mytaxi, inrnthat you must verify your location on a map and then tap Confirm PickuprnLocation to arrange a ride.
The GroundLink Car Service app is available for iOS andrnAndroid.
WOW Taxi is more limited than the other apps I have discussed because it works only inrnNew York City. Even so, I had to include this app because it fits a very realrnneed. The WOW in WOW Taxi stands for Wheels on Wheels. The reason for thisrnsomewhat unusual name is that the app is designed specifically as a tool tornhelp the disabled to get around Manhattan. What sets WOW Taxi apart from otherrntaxi apps is that it’s used solely for dispatching wheelchair-accessible taxis.rnAs I said, this service is currently available only in New York City, butrnhopefully the company will expand to other areas.