Have you ever questioned a taxi fare? Wonder if the cabbie took the most effecient route? TaxiCOP is a Windows Phone app that may help ease your concerns or tell you it's time to switch cab services.
TaxiCOP will monitor your route, time, and mileage to make sure what you pay is accurate. While cab services are rather scarce in my neck of the woods, I can see it coming in handy while traveling or if cab services are part of your day to day routine.
When you first launch TaxiCOP you will go through the set-up screen where you give the app authorization to use your location services, choose the distance units and set the pricing (distance and time) and choose the currency. TaxiCOP supports a very healthy list of world wide currencies ranging from Afghani to Zimbabwe dollars.
From there, user interface is rather simple. Tap the "Start" button on the main page of TaxiCOP as your cab ride begins. Your distance, duration and fare is displayed as you travel. When you get to your destination, press and hold the "Stop" button. I like the press and hold requirement because it prevents accidental taps from stopping the fare tracking.
Your trip history is logged to the app's Recent Page where you can map out the route taken and compare it with Bing's route recommendation. It will show if your cab ride took you off the beaten path instead of taking the less costly, more efficient path.
In just taking TaxiCOP out for a test drive, the distance calculations were spot on. I would have liked to have seen a way to log your cab history so you can track expenses, distances, and other variables collectively. The Recent Page is nice but you can only look at things trip by trip.
All totaled, TaxiCOP is an attractive option for those wanting to keep track of cab rides and make sure what you're paying is accurate.
There is a trial version available for TaxiCOP with the full version running $.99. It is compatible with both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices and you can find TaxiCOP here in the Windows Phone Store.
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