Taxi operators stage a demonstration against app based taxis in Mumbai on Jan 9. 2017. Photo: IANS Key highlights: Two taxi unions in Mumbai launched a taxi-hailing app Aamchi Drive
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Hailing a taxi was a cumbersome affair before Uber and Ola came about. A tap of a button has now made those iconic ‘black and yellow’ taxis mostly redundant. And when it is a matter of survival, Darwinism wins.
Can these taxis then reinvent themselves and launch into the 21st century with an app that literally snatched their business away?
Yes and no. Two taxi unions in Mumbai, Mumbai Taximen’s Union and Mumbai Taxi Association have launched their own apps called Aamchi Drive for booking regular and cool cabs. The cabs booked on this app does not have surge pricing like Uber and Ola, and commuters have to pay Rs 5 extra as service charge for the facility. While at the beginning they expect to have 3,000 cabs, but are hopeful of adding more as there are nearly 40,000 taxis in Mumbai. ALSO READ: Bookings on Ola, Uber […]