As consumer tablets and smartphones get better and less expensive, taxi companies increasingly consider them for their in-vehicle taxi dispatch devices. These allow taxi companies to leverage the latest mobile technologies to optimize their business for a lower initial cost than taxi-specific devices. However, there are a number of factors to consider when making the purchase decision.
In our previous blog post "How to Choose In-Vehicle Dispatch Devices for Your Taxi Fleet", we have covered the core factors that you need to consider when choosing in-vehicle taxi dispatch devices from the three different categories: 1. Traditional MDTs, 2. Consumer Tablets & Smartphones, and 3. Taxi-specific, commercial-grade tablets.
In this article, we provide you a high level review between taxi-specific tablets and consumer tablets/smartphone when being used for taxi dispatch. The image below illustrates a comparison between these two options from different aspects, including performance, usability, maintainability, and more. The rating is on a scale of 0 - 5, with 5 being the best and 0 being the worst.
Choosing the right in-vehicle devices for your taxi fleet is the big decision to your business. It may look complicated as there are many aspects to consider. However, once you understand the core factors, and the fundamental differences between various types of devices, you can make an informed and wise decision that will benefit your business.
Based on interviews to taxi companies across North America, we discover that there are quite a few common challenges that many taxi companies face, whether or not they are corporate owned or driver owned (coop); or number of taxi cabs they have. As a taxi business manager, are you experiencing the following situations in your company?
Let’s face it: in terms of security, the current US “swipe-and-sign” credit card authorization is at least one step below a secret handshake.
In fact, fraud prevention is the main reason that most of the rest of the world switched from swipe-and-sign to more secure methods years ago; the US is the only major market that didn’t. Which is why the US is now home to almost ½ of all credit card fraud despite accounting for only about ¼ of credit card transactions.