This taxi app was developed by Network Sense. The company analyses data from cell phones, GPS devices and other data points to identify consumer patterns in order to provide information and services such as is available in the CabSense taxi app. CabSense helps its users to find the best corner from which to hail a cab (available only in New York); the app has three basic views through which users can do so:
Map View: Shows the best street corner from which to hail a taxi, relative to your current location.
Radar View: Points you in the right direction in order to find the best cab hailing spot.
Time Slider: Analyses data to determine where is the best place to get a cab at some time in the future.
Once you have visual contact with a cab you can hail the taxi with your cell phone by simply shaking the phone. Shaking the phone with the app open will cause it to whistle and blink in order get the cab driver’s attention.
Many CabSense users complain about the fact that the app runs constantly, an issue that really saps battery life. However, owing to the fact that Network Sense is in the business of collecting data on network usage and cell phone movement patterns, it shouldn’t be difficult to figure out why they insist on having the app run constantly.