GPS today has endless uses amongst which is the novel one for taxis in the Basque city of Donostia-San Sebastian. In order to answer customers in the quickest possible time, a GPS system has been installed in cabs belonging to the Vallina TeleTaxi company.
The new communication system for the drivers of the taxis has been installed now for two months - the radio taxi is a thing of the past.
The British company, Auriga System, was commissioned to install the GPS vehicle location system. The computer software and GPS system do all the work. When the central office receives a call from a member of the public, their details are keyed into the programme and then the GPS seeks out the optimumly located taxi to attend to the customer. From a terminal fitted to the taxi the taxi driver will hear pips for five seconds. On pressing a button on this terminal, the customer pick-up location and other details will show up (if there is luggage or not, the destination of the client, long or short trip, etc.).
Nerea Pikabea | Basque research
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