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The Smart way to book a taxi in Iskandar Malaysia

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JOHOR BARU 12 July 2013:

Perbadanan Pengangkutan Awam Iskandar Malaysian (Paim), in partnership with MyTeksi, has lauched a new system to book taxis, using mobile and web-based application.

Paim, which is the state government’s Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in public transport, said the system was part of efforts to transform public transportation services in the Iskandar Malaysia development region.
“We believe that with the introduction of this system, the taxi ride in Iskandar Malaysia will be more efficient, easy and safe,” said Paim chief executive Mohd Gadaffie Abd Aziz during a launching ceremony here last night.
The system utilises an application produced by MyTeksi that could be downloaded via iPhones, iPads and Androids.
The application, which is also named MyTeksi, would help commuters to book taxis via their smartphones in a fast, convenient and safe manner.

Explaining how the system works, MyTeksi general manager Adelene Foo said upon launching the application, MyTeksi would detect the commuter’s location using smartphone’s global positioning System (GPS).
“The communter will select the desired destination and the nearby taxi will be shown on the application.
“After selecting the taxi, the communter will receive a booking confirmation within one minute where information such as estimated time of arrival, taxi plate number, driver’s contact details, estimated fare and an option for tips will be prompted,” she said, adding that commuters would be able to track the real-time location of the booked taxi.

MyTeksi application has ‘Share My Ride’ tool to enable the commuter’s loved ones to track the location of their ride in real time.
Foo said the application was introduced in Klang Valley a couple of years back and currently, there were 2,000 taxi drivers who used the application in the Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Negri Sembilan.
Gadaffie said Paim embarked on the usage of the MyTeksi application with taxi drivers from Koperasi Permodalan Melayu Negeri Johor (KPMNJ).

“About 30 of them are ready to use the application at the moment. They will be given a two-day refresher course in taxi driving where they will receive a RM200 allowance that could be used to buy an entry level smartphone,” he said.
By year-end, Paim hopes to achieve 1,000 registered taxi drivers using the application.

Meanwhile, KPMNJ treasurer Mokhtar A. Aziz who was also present at the event, said taxi drivers had no problem adapting to the new technology, even though most of them were in their 40s, and probably, possessed the least information and communication technology (ICT) know-how.

- Bernama

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