Hailo taxi app unveils new features and teams up with futurologists – CITY A.M.

Taxi app Hailo has teamed up with futurologists to give an insight into the future of cities as well as launching two new features.

Source: www.cityam.com

There is certainly some merit to elements of this story and like many futurists (I haven’t heard of a futurologist before, but why not?) am an idealist. I watch models like Uber with interest and believe that the taxi industry needs to get smarter rather than do what so many other traditional models do on their way out, which is complain that it isn’t fare (pun intended).


One of the key Achilles heels for the taxi industry (especially in areas where they have deregulated) is in fact trust and that is one of the reasons why services such as Uber are able to get a foothold. Back in the day when taxi drivers had to know their way around, without car navigation, they were mostly reliable in getting you tp your destination by the quickest most economic route.


Today they have access to a mixture of both proprietary in-house systems as well as low cost but highly sophisticated car navigation systems which will take into consideration speed zones and real time traffic. Yet, despite using taxis 6-8 times a month, I rarely see a single one using real time traffic. They don’t really want to use it because it can reduce the value of their fare. 


A system that can rate drivers on trustworthiness and providing good value for money, which is open and transparent would be a very smart way for the industry to win back the trust and credibility that has opened its industry up to competitors.


As to shared ownership of vehicles in the long term, I put that in the idealistic basket unless it is managed in the same way that shared ownership of yachts is modeled, where a broker takes responsibility for all maintenance, cleanliness etc of the vehicles. Of course this potentially adds to the cost of the no or shared ownership model, unless cars are purpose built, with cabins that are very easy to keep clean despite the efforts of some drivers to leave them in a mess. Of course the rating systems could also rate and reward or penalize drivers for the condition of a vehicle when the next person receives it.


Certainly a good thought provoking article.

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Top 5 Augmented Reality Mobile Apps | Application development Blog from Appsdevelopers, leading Mobile App CompanyApplication development Blog from Appsdevelopers, leading Mobile App Company

Apps Developers is a leading Mobile Application Development Company with offices in Melbourne, Silicon Valley & London.

Source: www.appsdevelopers.com.au

I’ve always been a big fan of Augmented Reality and have been involved in a few firsts in that industry. I’m really interested in feedback on the ionroad app. It sounds really good, although I’m not sure I would use it personally beyond testing it, so I’m not in a rush to buy it, although it is priced to buy.


It’s a shame they don’t offer a one month trial or similar. I’d certainly be keen to give it a good go and review it on that basis.


In the meantime, if anyone has tried it, I would welcome your feedback. It sounds like the perfect app for insurance companies and potentially better than some of the current offerings such as the Tower NZ app which got boring very quickly and penalized me for having to commute on secondary roads.

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33 Quick Stories about Tracking People

Last night I got a phone call from a relative, looking for a solution to help track her father when he has a problem. She contacted me because she knows that I have a passion for and have many years of involvement in supporting companies who track things, like people, vehicles, pets and other things.

iPhone 275Her father has had a stroke which left him unable to talk or communicate effectively, but his other faculties are fine. He still drives, but last week his car broke down and whilst he’s handy and sharp, today’s cars, like his, are an engine surrounded by computers. You can’t grab your screwdriver out and tap at a circuit board (which reminds me,  must book my car in, which has just been recalled because of a faulty circuit board).

I worked as Sales & Marketing Manager for 8 years for a mapping company supplying mapping data, API’s and SaaS applications to car navigation companies, fleet management companies and a variety of clients from insurance, field service, logistics, government and much more.

I had a strong passion for helping clients to produce a commercial solution for people like her Dad, as well as people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, people with allergies, elderly people who still had mobility, diabetics and more. It was a real struggle and continues to be, perhaps because it is such a small market, but it is a needy market all the same. If I had the capital I would have entered the personal tracking market in New Zealand and Australia myself, because I feel we are dismally served. But I don’t and it seems that pretty much outside of international mail order products, there isn’t a lot available here, which is very sad, as I receive Police reports pretty much daily about missing people and that is of course just the tip of the iceberg.

Anyway, with that preamble, I thought if you are interested in the concepts of being able to track people, whether that is tracking people who may need your help, or tracking people you may need protection from, here is a deep dive of some of my articles on this blog. 33 different quick but interesting stories about tracking people. I hope you like them and would welcome your feedback and comments.

33 Quick Stories about Tracking People.

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11 Power Tips To Increase Your Facebook Engagement – Jeffbullas’s Blog

Facebook has over 800 million daily users. You have a fantastic opportunity to leverage it. Here are some power tips to increase your Facebook engagement.

Source: www.jeffbullas.com

I may have been noticeable by my absence in posting on this topic of late, so here’s one that caught my eye and is worthy of your time. If you spent just 5 minutes reading and 10 minutes acting on this blog, and repeating this every day for a week, I reckon you could see some significant results. That’s what you’re reading this for right?

And it’s free!

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Innovative Approaches to Encourage Travelers to Help Manage Transportation in Metro Corridors

By Paul Minett, Chair of the Ridesharing Institute
Abstract: Travelers are doing a lousy job at assisting in successful traffic management, often absolving responsibility to others. We need to enco

Source: www.newcitiesfoundation.org

An excellent article from Paul Minett. Two things I particularly like. One I wrote on extensively in a blog earlier this week is about getting the road user, the driver, to recognise that they are a major part of the problem.

The other is about gamification. This is an untapped area and one that I feel is going to be needed in spades to get people to actively look for change. People love recognition, earning points, badges etc and these do not have to be expensive. Rewards for carpooling or ride sharing are a great example.

I’m a big fan of Kate McGonigal and her book Reality is Broken. I am currently looking for ways that we can turn a shift to ride sharing or onto public transport and gamification is an obvious way to move forward. It could be discounts on food or entertainment, or discounts on public transport, stickers on your car that have date stamps that allow you cheaper parking if you arrive in a car park with multiple passengers.

Do you have any ideas we could pursue?

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Understanding the Ebola epidemic – in 2 charts and 2 maps – Washington Post (blog)

More people will probably bring Ebola into the United States in the next month or so, but that shouldn’t be cause for alarm.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Relieved to know there is no cause for alarm. All cynicism aside, this is where maps can quickly illustrate trends. This is a very interesting problem. If you trap people in their geography you are more likely to scare them into escaping and as a consequence spreading the virus more quickly into other geographies.

The more frightening element is the bell curve.  Obviously what we are looking for is a sin wave, but that isn’t looking likely just yet.

The idealist in me wants to ask why we don’t put all our efforts into fighting this instead of fighting other people. A virus doesn’t care what you believe in, what color you are or where you come from. It has no respect for borders, governments or ideologies.

What sort of impact is it likely to have on tourism and travel, particularly air travel? We have seen lots of technologies that can monitor people’s temperature at airports, but what we have been told is that there is a reasonably lengthy incubation period during which time people do not display any symptoms, which is long enough to catch a flight to anywhere in the world.

That means that all countries need to be vigilant and prepared and maps like these become very important. Strategies become very important. Several years ago I was involved with the pilot of a Windows CE app for infectious diseases, which was designed to ask people who arrived in hospitals a series of questions around whether they had traveled overseas recently, or had come into contact with others who had.

With location based technologies, map solutions and cloud based scalable computing it would be possible for hospitals and health authorities around the world to share information in near real time to get a picture on what is happening including false positives.

A picture speaks a thousand words.

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Navman Wireless delivers BI to fleet management – iTWire

Navman Wireless’s new Adaptive Intelligence BI-as-a-service lets fleet managers make more sense of their data. Fleet management systems such as those…

Source: www.itwire.com

Interesting, its been a lot of years since I first presented to Navman Wireless on map based business intelligence with BIonaMAP. It would be cool to find out more about what they are offering, this story is light on detail. Roll out the case studies and examples.

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