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P2P Taxi

Networked Bid-based Taxis
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Instead of the normal network of taxis, which appear to be mythical around here, drivers could purchase a kit that goes on their dashboard and combines a cellphone and GPS device. When someone calls up for a list, they get a list of the nearest active drivers and how much they charge per mile. If you don't feel like driving anybody at the moment, turn off the gizmo. If some crook tries robbing you, hit the "Panic Button" that dials 911 and gives your GPS coordinates.

Actually, the 'panic button' idea isn't a bad one in general.

lagarto, Aug 21 2003

Taxi hailer http://www.halfbake.../idea/Taxi_20hailer
product:scanner? [phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

Hitch-hiking http://www.halfbake...m/idea/Hitch-hiking
Same idea for free. [phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

Massive scale hitch-hiking http://www.halfbake...cale_20hitch-hiking
GPS + hitchhiking again. [phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

e-taxi in the UK http://www.e-taxis.com/
Hail a cab with your GPS-enabled PDA [rrr, Mar 03 2006]

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       Does the device come with a fake turban and beard?

DeathNinja, Aug 21 2003
  

       Thought it said "PSP Taxi"...
lukecleland, Mar 03 2006
  

       me too.
skinflaps, Mar 03 2006
  

       It's called a "gypsy cab" or "bootleg cab." You can find them operating (illegally) in most cities.
whlanteigne, Apr 14 2013
  
      
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