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Google Ride Finder

Real-time info on taxis in your area

     
3:36 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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New in Google labs:

With Google Ride Finder, you can search for taxis, limousines and shuttles and make better decisions by seeing the exact location of vehicles in your area. Just enter a zip code, the name of a city or even a specific address. You will get a map showing the companies and where their vehicles are located.

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Interesting idea. Just waiting for the taxi companies to realize they can rig it by telling Google they have taxis where they don't.

10:21 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I remember reading an article about a guy in Stockholm who made bank coming up with an über-cab company. Digital dispatch, lots of technical innovations that made sure your nice Volvo taxi was guaranteed at your door in 5 mins.

This is really a cool feature. Only thing that would improve it is if they used a Pacman graphic theme instead of a boring old map and pushpin.

11:00 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"Just waiting for the taxi companies to realize they can rig it by telling Google they have taxis where they don't."

those damn cab spammers

11:08 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Very cool.

I hope they will do this for public buses, but then I guess it is less likely to extract cash from them.

7:12 am on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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brings new meaning to the word "crawler"

wait until they find out how cheap fleet owners are.