Berlin, Germany (PressExposure) June 14, 2013 -- The last two years have seen the rise of taxi booking apps. Searching for 'taxi' in the app store brings you over a thousand options. From p2p solutions like Hailo and myTaxi to the private hire luxury of Uber and Black Lane, everyone wants a piece of the market.
Now, it seems that all passenger transport providers are longing for their own branded apps to keep up with the ongoing trend. A few taxi dispatch software companies have made white-label versions available, but they come at a cost. One charges £20,000 for the premium app, plus monthly charges. While they rub their hands together at the prospect of this new revenue stream, Berlin-based startup T Dispatch have an alternative solution which might ruffle their feathers.
T Dispatch are due to release the code for their open-source taxi app this month. As an additional product to their web-based dispatch system and driver apps for iOS / Android, they answered demand from a rapidly evolving industry. There are thousands of minicab, taxi and limo companies who feel threatened by big brand apps, but can't afford to compete. By subscribing to T Dispatch, these fleets have free access to the booking app source code, which they can then customise and develop for themselves to increase customer loyalty and brand awareness.
Resolved to keep their focus on software solutions, T Dispatch have publicly promised never to own any passenger-facing brand. Rather than competing, they offer an open API to integrate their dispatch system with any customer-facing app, with a vision of aggregating all channels into one platform for the fleets. The enterprising startup has grown from 3 to 20 employees in just 1 year, with substantial seed investment behind them.
Passenger transport providers can have the best of both worlds now: their own, bespoke booking app, plus jobs from the bigger players arriving straight into their dispatch system.