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Taxis can be booked using app on smartphone

THE city's two largest cab companies are starting to offer a free, instant taxi-booking app through smartphones' global positioning service.

The app transmit a caller's position and send back the taxi's position and possible arrival time to the cell phone.

Shanghai Dazhong Taxi Co started its service early this month and Shanghai Qiangsheng Taxi Co is expected to launch a trial next week.

Both companies now offer only Chinese versions of the smartphone services, while developer of Qiangsheng's system said they will consider introducing an English version after the Chinese one runs smoothly.

Dazhong's system, now only for iPhone, can be downloaded from It can search for vacant cabs within 500 to 1,000 meters to the caller and send the cab's position, plate number and booking number to the caller's smartphone.

Qiangsheng's system can be used by iOS and Android.


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