- Editor's Rating
Despite the energy around location-based applications, it’s rare that applications are useful rather than merely trendy. Cab4Me falls into the useful category as it uses your Android OS device to locate and “flag down” cabs.
It uses the web and GPS capabilities of your to find this cab. And while this is pretty simple most times of the day, and even in sparsely populated areas, Cab4Me found a fan in me in a recent trip to San Diego by taking some of the fuss out of the plethora of cab services available (several conferences were occurring at the same time, hence many cabs).
FEATURES AND CONTROLS
A few seconds after opening Cab4Me, your device’s GPS initializes and a Google Map-like interface is presented with your location marked. And much like Google Maps or the Android Market, you click on either the on-screen search button to note a pickup address where your search begins, or you use the favorites or recently tabs to pull up previous searches.
Clicking Search shows you on a map with a yellow price tag with cab and person picture on it. Clicking on this tag will show local companies and their distance from you. You can then click on an item, view the contact details to call, or set a starred rating.
I thought that it was really neat that you could assign a pickup address to someone in your address book – useful for traveling. (They’ll need either an address saved or their location turned on).
Even though Cab4Me is a free application, it’s not too bad of a package. There is an ad in the bottom of the screen, but usually these just stay out of the way. There’s also a feature called Missing Company where you can add a cab company which might not have a current or live listing.
In San Diego, this application worked to the point of having up-to-date contact information. In Charlotte, finding a cab service was easier, but all of them were a number of miles away — which led to longer wait times.
About the only thing I could think of to improve this application is to be able to communicate with a cab company and send your pickup and destination sites and then pay with it via PayPal or Google Account before you are picked up.
Outside of that futuristic transactional nature, Cab4Me works well for what it is — a virtual hand to help you flag down a cab. And depending on your travel needs and current environment, it could well be an ideal solution.