An Australian company has developed a downloadable application that will enable users to search and book chauffeur-driven hire cars directly from their mobile phone.
The free “Getpickedup” application will be the first of its kind and allow registered hire car drivers to easily connect with customers wanting to use their services. The app will be downloadable onto iPhone, Android and Blackberry phones from late October.
Once a customer has entered the type of transport service they require, they will be able to enter their location and destination address details and the required time of pick-up to receive fixed-price quotations from the available service operators registered on the Getpickedup system. Customers will be able to review the vehicle type being driven and feedback on the driver from past customers.
When the customer is ready to make a booking, they will be able to click on their preferred service provider and the booking details will be immediately viewable by the selected driver. The customer will be taken to a confirmation page, where they will be able to see the driver’s number plate details, phone number, and track the driver’s vehicle via GPS to see how far they are away. The driver will also make phone contact with the customer once the booking is placed to let them know they are on their way. The customer will be able to tell them any specific details such as where they will be waiting to be picked up.
Customers’ booking details will be archived as well, so they do not have to re-enter journey information if they choose to rebook a trip at a future time.
“This phone app is unique in that it connects independent hire car operators directly with customers, and acts as a quick and efficient booking engine for those needing to source transport between locations and the transport service operators,” says app developer Daniel Rombouts, who has a patent pending on Getpickedup.
“Under Australian law, hire car operators are unable to solicit customers from the street, taxi ranks or from inside locations such as airports, and their fare must be predetermined before the journey takes place. The Getpickedup app solves this issue, and effectively gives service providers an online platform to legally source more business directly from customers. During their free time, drivers can easily log in to the system to flag their availability and quote on customer jobs.
“I believe hire car prices will become extremely competitive with the fares charged by taxis due to drivers being able to source more business and make their vehicles work more efficiently.”
Mr Rombouts says hire car drivers will be able to optimise their working day by taking on jobs in their downtime between other customers.
“We are leveraging technology to connect drivers and customers, allowing drivers to get more work and customers to receive quick fixed-price quotations and to make instant bookings from their phone. It is a great service and interest in the app is very strong.”
Customers will also be able to book hire car driver services from the Getpickedup website at www.getpickedup.com.au.
The service will first be available for use in the Sydney area before being rolled out nationally.
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