Digital Auto/Taxi Fare Information System

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Digital Auto/Taxi Fare Information System

India
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Problem Statement : Fare, most of the time, is always a point of argument between passenger and taxi/auto driver. They debate on this issue frequently. You got to see this common scene everyday on streets and stations. We all negotiate on fare issue if it is not a government controlled fixed rate system.

Problem is more severe if a person comes from outstation and does not know the exact fare to his /her destination. Auto /taxi drivers are smart enough to know the psychological situation and unawareness of that person about the city and exploit him/her in many ways. Most common being the exorbitant fare. It not only creates the doubt in the mind of the passenger but also creates a bad reputation about the state government, city dwellers, and transport system. Passenger’s idiocy is the biggest hurdle for a good negotiation in the fare prices.

Another situation being the emergency circumstances like late night travel or natural circumstances like during rainy season. Auto /taxi drivers demand much more than the normal fare. Even the resident of the city becomes the prey to these drivers. 

Though pre-paid booths are there at several places, there are some problems associated with this system – 1. Their location – nobody knows where they are located in the station, airport 2. Not everybody prefers to go to that booth – many times they are vacant, or other drivers catch hold on you in between before reaching the booth 3. If you are a resident of the city, you probably know the exact /approximate fare and would not like to pay the service tax which these booths charge additionally.  

Solution : I have thought of a digital fare information system which will be installed at Railway stations, bus stations, airports, major stations or pre-paid booths where the inflow of passengers is much more.

It will be like a bidding system (like in stock exchanges) where auto / taxi drivers would place their bids in rupees for a particular destination. The digital display board will be placed at a height of 15 ft above the ground which is easily visible from the ground and also in a crowdie situation. The display board will be a kind of similar to digital board in a stadium when we watch cricket. 

For example, when a customer reaches at a station (suppose Ahmedabad Railway Station), he goes to the digital board operating booth and ask the operator for an auto to IIM. Operator will announce the IIM destination and auto /taxi drivers will place their bids. Suppose one auto driver puts Rs. 60/- using a kiosk like touch screen keyboard, it will be displayed on the digital board. Within seconds or minutes, if another auto driver wants to take the passenger for Rs. 40/-, he can ask the operator to change the bid to Rs. 40/-. Now it depends on the passenger which bid he/she has to select depending on time availability /money comfort with the passenger. A passenger may wait for next 5 minutes in expectation to receive a good deal. It is always the case that some taxi/auto drivers has to go to a particular destination irrespective of whether they carry a passenger or not. If they carry a passenger, it is their extra income and if they do not carry a passenger then it is already accounted for by them.

 

Concept : The concept is based on the belief that everything finds its important in this world. The fact is the need /situation where it best fits. If one item /thing is useless for someone, at the same time, it may be very useful for other. Issue is to find that person which makes use of that item. Similarly in this system, there may be many auto/taxi drivers who will anyway need to go to a particular route but has to wait for a passenger even at a lower fare. This digital information system is a platform to fill that demand of service provider and consumer. It will bridge the gap of transportation requirement at a very economical and feasible way while maintaining the trust, confidence of the carrier as well as passenger and without going into the negotiation hassle. At one end while taxi/auto drivers will be happy to get their desired money, passenger is also happy to get the best rates for his/her journey.

 

 

About You
Location
Project Street Address

Nehru Park, Vastrapur

Project City

Ahmedabad

Project Province/State

Gujarat

Project Postal/Zip Code

380015

Project Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on:

ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) for rural development and grassroots innovations

What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

YouTube Upload

No

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

>$100

Innovation
Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

It is how to manage a taxi fare in a most optimised way when a passenger or visitor travels to a new city /state/country.
There is always a doubt on how much a taxi driver charges to a stranger when he/she drops on a station or airport. The digital system proposed by me gives the most economical bidding price to the traveler as many taxi walas compete for that price which is digitally displayed.

What makes your idea unique?

No such system in the world and beneficial to poor taxi drivers and the passenger. Win-win situation for both

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

Development & Prosperity , Communications , Corporate social responsibility , Information technology , Networking , Philanthropy , Rural development , Sustainable development , Technology .

What impact have you had?

Still in Idea stage

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

Money and convincing policy makers

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

Individual project

Impact
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

designing a blue print and meeting with authorities and policy makers and convincing them for the success of the project

Success in Year 2:

Implementation at pilot scale

Success in Year 3:

Replication and scalability

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

Yes

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

Convincing about the benefits of a particular system

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

Transparency in fair system

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

Use of IT in economic and sustainable development

Describe the expected results of these actions.

A transparent and fair system for auto and taxi fares which would enable win-win situation for operators, tourism industry and the passenger

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Own experience of being charged excessive fare when in a new city

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Myself

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Google search

Sustainability
What would prevent your project from being a success?

Money , infrastructure and policy

Financing source

No

If yes, provide organization name.
How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

less than 1 year

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

No

The Story
Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

N/A

How many people will your project serve annually?

thousands

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

2

What is your organization's business classification?

Not registered

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

randomness