It’s about time really. Taxi’s have finally adopted GPS technology and harnessed it with the ubiquity of cellular telephones. Zingo, a service in London that allows passengers to dial directly to the nearest available (licensed) black-cab, launched last year by Manganese Bronze and appears to be gaining momentum. It’s even easier than sticking out your arm and shouting ‘taxi‘.
The convenience of the service should eliminate the need for lengthy waits at taxi ranks, or on street corners waiting to see a taxi with its orange light on. London cabby Harry James, who has been driving taxis around the capital for 28 years, said: “For 300 years now the only way to hail a cab has been to stand out on the street or go to a rank. Considering our cabbies are probably the best in the world it’s a poor show that passengers haven’t been able to phone us until now.