LTA launches free taxi-tracking app

LTA launches free taxi-tracking app

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) launched its own taxi app yesterday. But unlike others on the market, Taxi-Taxi@SG does not help users to book a cab. Instead, it helps them to find one on the street.

The free smartphone app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store, and allows commuters to "see" available taxis nearby.

With this, LTA said that "commuters can better decide whether to continue waiting for a taxi on the street, walk to a location with more available taxis, book a taxi instead, or make alternative transport arrangements".

Unlike apps that only show the locations of taxis which have signed up with them, the LTA app shows the location of Singapore's entire fleet of 28,000.

Commuters can also broadcast their location via the app, so cabbies can "see" areas of high demand.

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