App develops next generation taxi payment allowing black cabs to accept chip and pin, contactless and Apple pay

A new app that allows customers to use chip and pin, contactless and Apple Pay when taking a black cab has launched.

The app, aptly named cab:app, allows passengers to pay within 90 seconds in locations across the UK. 

While it will be mandatory for all black cabs in London to offer card and contactless payment from April 2016, the new app boasts the ability to accept contactless.

Over 10,000 drivers have already signed up to the app, with 27,000 consumers having downloaded it.

Testament to its popularity, the app accepts contactless and Apple Pay and has already generated £12m in revenue from 400,000 transactions to date

“Black cabs are part of Britain’s DNA with a heritage that goes back to the 17th Century. cab:app is set to revolutionise the payments process for cabbies and their passengers and ensure that the iconic trade is future proof. cab:app is proud to be supporting the future of black cabs and the licensed taxi industry around the country," cab:app’s co-founder, Derek Stewart, said.

cab:app launch national taxi app connecting the community across the UK and Ireland

 
A new day has dawned for the iconic black cab, consistently voted the world’s best taxis for safety, value, knowledge, availability, quality of driving cleanliness and friendliness*. The launch of cab:app brings together a unique business model with the latest innovation in mobile booking and payments. With 7,350 drivers already registered in over 90 towns and cities, this national taxi app helps connect passengers seamlessly with road, rail and air.  
 

Unique loyalty and rewards partnership model where everyone benefits
 
Invented by Peter Schive a London taxi driver, and co-founded by his partners Derek Stewart and Jane Van Aken, cab:app brings a John Lewis style business model to the taxi industry. This unique model rewards drivers and passengers for their loyalty, while supporting charity partners with in-app donations to help those less fortunate on their life journey.
 
Every taxi driver is encouraged to become a co-owner through a share ownership plan and passengers are rewarded with ‘cab:miles’ on taxi journeys and for sharing their unique promo code with friends. Charity partners earn recurring revenue from taxi journeys and passengers electing to donate their cab:miles.
 

Fixed price fares with the flexibility of multiple mobile payment solutions, making it even easier for passengers
 
cab:app offers passengers a range of services including Hail Now and Pre-book to plan ahead, with fixed price fares to all airports and for longer journeys – save money and see the cost before you book!  
 
Working in partnership with Barclaycard, cab:app enables taxi customers to pay using chip and pin for all major debit/credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Passengers can also pre-register personal and business cards within the app for convenience and receive automated receipts for reclaiming business expenses.
 
cab:app will be adding more innovative payment solutions for passengers including contactless, PayPal, Barclays Pingit and Apple Pay so it has never been easier to book and pay for a taxi.
 
 
Passengers can expect unrivalled safety and security, as trusted black cab drivers are equipped with the latest technology
 
Professional drivers offer unparalleled city knowledge with the added assurance that passengers are getting into a fully licensed, vetted and insured taxi. Cab:app provides passengers with driver and vehicle details, you can track the taxi as it arrives and even share your booking details with friends or family.
 
A cool and convenient feature, the in-app messaging facility allows you to keep in contact with your driver to let them know of any changes to your plans.
 
Connecting the community through innovation to help disability groups and charities
 
Passengers with disabilities can use the wheelchair accessibility or hearing impaired in-app icons to communicate their needs. Special requirements and notes can also be sent to your driver.
 
cab:app is connecting the community in more ways than one to help those less fortunate. The new website and passenger app will offer an innovative affiliate partnership and cab:miles donation programme that will generate income for their chosen charity partners.
 
Partners at launch in the UK include Action for Children, Barnardo’s and Penny for London. In Ireland cab:app is partnering with the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.
 

To bring this together cab:app has partnered with leading mobile technology developers, payment providers and media partners to create what they believe to be the most innovative driver and passenger friendly taxi app in the market place today.
 

www.cabapp.net
 
*hotels.com
 
For further information contact:
Jane Van Aken
Co-founder & Director
info@cabapp.net

cab:app chooses payworks to launch NFC card payments to more than 7,600 cab drivers in the UK and Ireland

Munich/London, 02-07-2015
 
cab:app, a provider of a mobile application for taxi drivers, chooses payworks to drive card payment acceptance in cabs. As the only taxi solution to be made available to passengers and all Hackney Carriage drivers and licensed cabs in the UK and Ireland, cab:app is achieving unprecedented reach. While the solution lets passengers hail a cab directly from their smartphone, a dedicated drivers’ application indicates pick-up and drop-off in advance, providing drivers with the option to efficiently increase their utilisation. 
 
Founded by Peter Schive, a London green badge driver for 14 years, cab:app has been silently signing up over 7,600 registered drivers across 90 cities in the UK (Hackney only) and Ireland (full time drivers only). With the new release, made available last week, cab:app drivers are now able to accept physical Visa, MasterCard and American Express card payments directly from the cab:app application using an NFC enabled Chip & PIN card reader. In addition, frequent passengers can pay directly by a push of the button in their passenger application, without the need of a physical credit card being present.
 
payworks runs a payment platform for developers, enabling providers of integrated POS applications to easily integrate payment terminals and Card Not Present payment functionality into their apps via the payworks mPOS software development kit (SDK). Now, the partnership between cab:app and payworks brings this technology to the streets of the UK and Ireland making taxi rides more accessible and flexible, leaving the passenger the choice between multiple payment options.
 
“We are extremely excited to empower all Hackney Carriage and licensed cab drivers to accept card payments from their passengers. payworks is the leading integrated POS platform in the market and the team has been a great partner along the way. We are very pleased to work with them”, comments Peter Schive, founder of cab:app.
 
Christian Deger, co-founder and CEO of payworks adds: “We are all very impressed with what cab:app has achieved so far and we are excited to be a part of their great journey. Peter and his team are doing an incredible job in building a solution for cab drivers that is specifically catered to their needs.”
 
About cab:app
 
Invented and founded by Peter Schive, a London cabbie, cab:app (www.cabapp.net) offers mobile applications available on iOS and Android, which provide passengers with an accessible, reliable and safe way to hail a licensed taxi anytime and anyplace direct from mobile phone. Its services range from immediate hailing to pre-booking and fixed price offers for long journeys. Hackney Carriage drivers can use the driver app to generate more work, while still keeping their independence with a low cost pay as you go model.
 
Press Contact cab:app:
 
Tel.: +44 7508 550211
 
About payworks
 
payworks (www.payworksmobile.com) provides a Point of Sale platform for developers enabling merchant service providers quickly build payment functionality into their mobile applications. The software development tools of payworks make it easy for developers to build mobile solutions for face-to-face payments with Chip & PIN card readers as well as solutions for shoppers to pay directly with their phones via in-app payments and wallets. payworks provides its platform in a Software-as-a-Service model, enabling their clients to enter the market much faster and run their mPOS solution much more cost-efficiently. 
 
Press Contact payworks:
 
Tel.: +49 89 416158-400

Uber beware! Cab:app lets you pre-book taxis at 90 locations across the UK and Ireland and earn points towards future trips

Cab:app was co-founded by London taxi driver Peter Schive
It allows you to pre-book a nearby licensed cab, and to pay by cash or card
The app is available in 90 locations across the UK and Ireland
 
There are numerous taxi booking apps that let you digitally hail a cab, with Uber undoubtedly leading the pack. However, Uber's dominance could be under threat from cab:app. 
 
The free Android and iOS app is available in 90 locations across the UK and Ireland, compared to Uber's 12, it lets users pre-book journeys and passengers can earn points for future trips.
 
Cab:app is available in major cities such as London, Leeds and Manchester, as well as smaller towns such as Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Limerick and more. The full list is available on the developer's website. 
 
It works in a similar way to Uber. 
 
The app searches for nearby taxi drivers using a person's location, or they can type in a postcode or street. Once a driver has accepted the job, the estimated time of arrival is shown and people can choose to pay with cash or card. 
 
The app also includes a loyalty program based on Cab:miles that are collected on each journey and can then be used to pay future rides, or used to make a charitable donation.
 
There is a catch, however - cab:app isn't as cheap as Uber. 
 
As an example, in London an Uber X comes with a base fare of £2.50, it charges £1.25 per mile and 15p per minute. The minimum fare is £5. Cab:app's prices are based on the local authority rates in the location of the driver. In London, the minimum cost is £2.40 for the first 254.6 metres. It then costs 20p for every 127.3 metres until the price reaches £17.20. Passengers are then charged 20p for every 89.20 metres. On average, a 3-mile (5km) journey in London in an Uber costs a minimum of £6.25, plus time in the car, compared to cab:app's £9.40, plus car time.
 
The prices for local authority rates across the UK are available from Yourtaximeter.com. Cab:app drivers charge using the meter for the first 8 miles (13km) after which a discount is applied based on the location. 
 
When a taxi is booked using cab:app it quotes a price and this remains fixed, regardless of time and distance. But cab:app doesn't have as many drivers as Uber, which could make booking a taxi at the last minute more difficult.
 
'Cab:app draws on the heritage and expertise of the black cab industry and translates it for the digital world,' said the app's co-founder and taxi driver Peter Schive. 
 
Taxi drivers in the UK and throughout Europe have criticised Uber for being 'unfair competition' since the app's arrival from the US in the early 2010s. Transport for London has put forward some regulation proposals, including the requirement of a compulsory five-minutes wait between a ride's booking and its beginning, but the plan has been lambasted by the competition watchdog.
 
While Cab:app is a clear bid on the part of licensed drivers to challenge Uber in the digital realm, it is not the first of its kind. Hailo, an app founded in 2011 lets users find licensed cabbies and uses a pre-book option akin to Cab:app too. However, Hailo is only available in five locations across the UK and Ireland. 
 
Elsewhere, high-end car service Blacklane also allows pre-booking, and private-hire firm Addison Lee recently added a 'snooze' function that lets users delay their booking from fifteen to sixty minutes

The black cab app to steer customers away from Uber

Evening Standard - 1 December 2015

A BLACK cab driver has invented an app to compete with Uber and make sure Hackney Carriages don't disappear fro London's streets.

Peter Schive, 51, came up with cab:app, which lets drivers charge by the meter for trips under eight miles or set a fixed price for longer distances, to help drivers compete on busy days when apps such as Uber use surge pricing. "Some peopke would rather pay more and not see black cabs disappear" he said. The app hires only drivers who have passed the Knowledge, with Mr Schive saying those who rely on satnavs "create congestion". 

Cab:app takes on Uber in taxis battle

A new app that enables users to hail black cabs and licensed taxis has launched in the UK and Ireland in a bid to combat increased competition from car-sharing services such as Uber.

Cab:app works in a similar fashion to Uber, allowing customers to hail a cab to their current location using an in-app map, but it also lets passengers pre-book journeys and decide before travelling whether to pay by cash or card and track driver location when they are en-route.

Since launching in the UK, services such as Uber have been criticised as being unfair competition, with black cab drivers in London and around Europe accusing the service of side-stepping some licensing rules.

The app was co-founded by London taxi driver Peter Schive, who said: “Cab:app draws on the heritage and expertise of the black cab industry and translates it for the digital world. It connects communities through a business model that is driven by rewards where drivers, passengers and charities all share in its success.”

“Cab:miles” are collected on each journey taken using the service, and these can then be used to pay for future journeys, or their monetary value can be donated to charity. Journey prices are also fixed for travel over eight miles, the firm says.

“Cabs are integral to the transport infrastructure, connecting the community with road, rail and air,” added Mr Schive.

“Cab:app ensures the public can now enjoy the convenience, safety and accessibility associated with the iconic black cab from one national app.

“Black cabbies offer unparalleled local knowledge and service with the assurance that passengers are getting a fully licensed, vetted and insured cab that can use bus lanes and take the most direct route.”

The app has taxi coverage in more than 90 locations around the UK and Ireland, and can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android-powered smartphones.

New Uber-style app lets you book black cabs on your phone

As the battle between Uber and black cabs rages on it looks like the cabbies have just found a new ally.

A new app which enables users to hail black cabs and licensed taxis has been launched in the UK and Ireland and there are no secrets that its biggest competitor will be Uber.

Cab:app obviously shares similarities with Uber, allowing users to hail cabs using their phone – as well as featuring an in-app map.

However it also lets passengers pre-book journeys and decide before travelling whether to pay by cash or card and track driver location when they are en-route.

Since launching in the UK, services such as Uber have been criticised as being unfair competition, with black cab drivers in London and around Europe accusing the service of side-stepping some licensing rules.

Cab:app was co-founded by London taxi driver Peter Schive, who said: ‘Cab:app draws on the heritage and expertise of the black cab industry and translates it for the digital world. It connects communities through a business model that is driven by rewards where drivers, passengers and charities all share in its success.’

‘Cab:miles’ are collected on each journey taken using the service, and these can then be used to pay for future journeys, or their monetary value can be donated to charity. Journey prices are also fixed for travel over eight miles, the firm says.

‘Cabs are integral to the transport infrastructure, connecting the community with road, rail and air,’ added Mr Schive.

‘Cab:app ensures the public can now enjoy the convenience, safety and accessibility associated with the iconic black cab from one national app.

‘Black cabbies offer unparalleled local knowledge and service with the assurance that passengers are getting a fully licensed, vetted and insured cab that can use bus lanes and take the most direct route.’

The app has taxi coverage in more than 90 locations around the UK and Ireland, and can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android-powered smartphones.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2015/12/02/new-uber-style-app-lets-you-book-black-cabs-on-your-phone-5539545/#ixzz3uET7KdbF

Transport for London's plan to make all Black Cabs accept card payments is great news - but the details tilts the playing field against them

We all love simplicity and speed.

Last weekend I popped into my local Apple Store at Bluewater to get a new charging cable. Instead of queuing, one of the staff came over to me and I purchased the cable via her handheld mobile payment device. The VAT business receipt was automatically emailed to me. What a fantastic customer service experience.

So, I welcome TfL's decision that all black cabs by October 2016 must accept card payments, making life easier for all of us by offering a similar seamless experience.

But, although supported by the London Taxi Drivers' Association, not all in the industry are happy about the decision. As always, the devil is in the detail and there are some issues in TfL's proposals as they stand.

Chief among them is the fact that Black Cab taxi drivers will have to absorb the costs charged by their banks and card processing companies. But this is not the case for private hire licenced operators who can pass on the cost to the consumer as a surcharge.

This is in common practice in the travel sector, where companies such as Easyjet and Trainline.com can legally pass on to the consumer the payment processing costs of card payments in the form of a surcharge.

TfL's insistence that Black Cab drivers absorb the cost further tilts the playing field against them. Already, cabbies have to bear the additional costs to uphold the high standards required to obtain their licenced status.

Another problem is the prescription by TfL that mobile chip and pin devices are mounted at the back of the cab at the cost of their operators.

Most taxi drivers already accept card payments, with 58 per cent of London's 25,200 Black Cab drivers accepting card payments, according to a TfL survey in 2014. 

Far from being luddites, Black Cab drivers want to embrace technology to provide the best customer experience. From medical checks to purpose-built and disability adapted vehicles, licenced Black Cabs already absorb the costs of measures to ensure higher standards of customer safety. But imposing this payments initiative, is in effect, forcing us into terms which aren't in place for other industries.

Ultimately, we don't want to compromise customer service provided by the iconic Black Cab industry, but we also don't want to see our drivers' margins squeezed in favour of the private hire sector.

http://www.cityam.com/233939/transport-for-londons-plan-to-make-all-black-cabs-accept-card-payments-is-great-news-but-the-details-tilts-the-playing-field-against-them

 

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