Taxi Hero – The App That Lets You Bribe a Taxi Driver

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By Butterboom Writers  /  October 11, 2013

Taxi Hero is a new app to book a taxi in Hong Kong. Anyone who’s ever lived in or visited Hong Kong will know that catching a cab is pretty easy. We have more cabs prowling the streets in Hong Kong compared to Singapore or any other Asian cities. However during peak period, Friday afternoon or when it rains, catching a taxi is not gonna be easy. So if you want the taxi to stop for you instead of the guy a few feet away from you, you can bribe them literally! Taxi Hero is a the free Android and iOS app that will allow you bribe taxi drivers to pick you up.

The larger the tip, the more likely the driver using the app will to come to you. This is also very useful when you’re out in quieter place where taxis are harder to find.

What it does:

To use the app, just select your pickup address, enter your destination (or use the GPS on your phone for a more accurate location), choose a pickup time, input your tip amount and book that cab. The app, available on both Android and iOS, works with thousands of cabbies around Hong Kong and finds the closest one to your location according to the GPS on your phone.

Thanks to seed funding from angel investors, Taxi Hero has made it so that thousands of cabbies around Hong Kong use the app and they’re currently working on getting more to join.

With the option to tip the driver, your journey may be a little more expensive than it would have been if you had found one on the street but desperate times call for desperate measures and when it’s raining, crowded, you’re tired and you just need to get from a to b, it’s worth it.

What we love:

  • The app has a GPS auto-location for your pickup address.
  • You can chose from your recent pick-up and drop-off locations.
  • You are given the driver’s information and contact details in case you have any changes or queries.
  • The app notifies you once the driver has arrived.
  • You can follow real-time details of your journey including your taxi’s location and estimated time of arrival.

What could be better:

  • The app is still relatively new so it takes a bit of time to find a driver sometimes but as the app gets more support and usage, the amount of taxi drivers using the app will increase.

How much?

Taxi Hero is free to download and you only need to pay the taxi driver cost of trip by the taxi meter.

Where to download?

Taxi Hero is available on both the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store.


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