21st Century Transport Apps in South Africa

If you are stuck in South Africa without your own car, it can be hard work. For anyone who has been stuck in a South African city trying to catch a cab is a very difficult job for those unfamiliar with the environment. However, that is all set to change with a new range of applications for your phone which can actually hail a cab for you.
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They work using GPS technology, meaning they are able to actively locate the nearest available cab to your position. There are quite a few different companies targeting this space including Zapacab, Snappcab and Afta Robot to name a few. Zapacab seems to be leading the way in South Africa though, releasing the first cab hailing application last summer. Many more people now have smart phones so the economics of these applications is starting to make real sense.

The primary goals of the application are efficiency and safety. Obviously it’s far more efficient for a taxi to pick up a nearby fare than to drive across town, which save time and money for the user as well. The user is also aware of the drivers name and cab before they are picked up and a record remains of the journey which should discourage the practice of making unnecessary diversions to bump up the fare.

These are local firms who are creating these applications so they are tailored for the South African market, however there are companies trying to create global applications like this. Uber have also launched an application in South Africa, which is tailored for the luxury market.

You can try these applications out for yourself or check the local media to get some feedback on them. As always if travelling be careful how you user your smartphone and internet connections. Try and avoid using untrusted wifi networks when accessing personal or private data, it’s a smart move to use a secure vpn or proxy service like this.

James Greenhoff is a regular contributor to this and other blogs/online publications. He also records and distributes technology videos like this one demonstrating how to buy proxy connections for use when travelling.