below are my thoughts on AMP’s taxi.com.br idea…
It can become a mix of vans (as in more than one passenger) and cabs (passenger defines point A and B), using networks to calculate the most optimal source. After all, fixed stops & fixed schedules were needed before the age of constant communication.
Check seamlessweb.com business plan: Customers use the web to order deliveries (credit card payment, better menu list, convenience) and restaurants don’t need to lock a line and pay employees to be available to call. It sits in the middle, helps both parties and gets a cut of the action.
Same way with your taxi.com.br… I’ll send you a paper about it if j can find it, but here’s the happy path:
- Customer goes online (minimal website interface, good but not limited to iPhones) tells point A (where he is), point B (where he wants to be) and optionally, when (defaults to as soon as possible)
- customer receives total price, pays right away
- customer receives an sms telling the 5 min before van arrives (the driver has to inform the system, more on that later)
- customer picks the van, is told when it arrives to point B
- customer receives an email asking to rate the experience.
Price fluctuates based on van availability on the area a or b, traffic, reputation.
The van is part of a club. It needs:
- initial checkup
- app installation fee (you sell)
- monthly fee (comm costs)
The app can be a simple beep with gps.
The higher the ratings:
- lower the monthly fee
- better offers (daily commute pool, fixed A, B points)
The driver doesn’t have to negotiate payment or service. The system deals with it and offers customers from the nearest places (route optimization). The driver gets the fare, a cut going to the system (70-30?)
- legislation, lobbies
- quality of service
- do we count start or end time? End time is better, but we need to take traffic into account
- airports, malls, any fixed point b
- daily commutes: customer pays monthly and can make minor adjustments (free prior 24h). You’re competing with cars!!!
- if overall cost is cheaper than car, with same benefits (control of a to b), market it as the green solution, find government grants
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brazilian industrial stuff, stolen from my older brother. soon…
Rhythm Box, Liquid Sky (remix)
Face In A Cloud, Audio Bullys
Audio Bullys has the editorial quality of a blog rant.
Cha Ching (Cheque 1, 2 Remix), Lady Sovereign
Energize, Johannes Heil
newsmap changed its layout, now you can read all the headlines…
for those new to it, newsmap is a google news interface, that shows the most visited news BIGGER and the least smaller, so it’s nice to have an overview picture of what people are talking about…
you can also select diferent countries (sadly, brazil is not there) and categories (i switched off sports and entertainment right away).
from woostercollective, a graffiti collective blog from the whole world.
i’m amazed with flickr. cute interface, nice features, the right policy (releasing their API for free to any non-commercial project).
i was getting worried about my picture collection growing impossibly big because of our new camera (it’s easy to get lost if you don’t index it wisely), but flickr is a good tool, both for image input (by web, mail, desktop app and bookmarklet) and output (groups, calendar, blog feature, this nice zeitgeist flash app on your left…).
since brazilians are migrating from orkut to multiply, I’m preaching my fotolog friends to move to flickr.