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New UK-wide ride-hailing app launches

A new app that enables passengers to find minicabs and taxicabs in their area has launched across the UK.

Passengers can use the app to hail both minicabs and taxicabs

Operating across cities and rural areas, the Xooox (pronounced ‘zooks’) app shows passengers local ride-hailing solutions based on a broad range of criteria, including the cost of the fare, type of cab, its emissions, ETA, boot space, number of seats and whether it’s wheelchair accessible.

The app is being targeted at all of the UK’s 400,000 licensed drivers – both independent cabbies and drivers working for minicab operators – who can use a management portal on the app with no commission charges and get a live map of all local passengers actively searching for a cab, so they can choose their own work. Drivers set their own prices, decide which jobs they accept and define how far they will travel for a pick-up.

The passenger app – which is available on both the AppStore and the Google Play Store – also features built-in safety measures, including that only fully licensed taxi and private hire drivers can use the app to search for fares, while passengers can automatically report a driver to the relevant licensing body.

The app is also being targeted at the UK’s 350+ cab regulators – often local authorities – who can automatically check whether the drivers on the streets have the correct licences to operate in their jurisdictions and use the data from the Xooox platform to inform their smart cities and environmental initiatives, including the introduction and enforcement of low emission zones.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.