MyTeksi App Gets Sexy v2.0 Makeover

MyTeksi 2.0
MyTeksi 2.0
New Online Web Booking that auto geo-locates you & shows nearby taxis.

MyTeksi, a for-profit social start-up that enables customers to easily book taxis via their smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android), has announced a big sexy upgrade for its iOS version. Launched in June 2012 for both Android and iOS platforms, MyTeksi has seen big operators like Comfort Taxi and KPPCB (Koperasi Pengangkutan Putrajaya & Cyberjaya Berhad) embracing the new platform. There are currently over 650 taxis powered by MyTeksi to date.

MyTeksi was the runner-up in the 2011 Harvard Business School Plan Contest, and it has the distinction of being the first taxi booking and dispatch service using smartphone technologies.

Aaron Gill, MyTeksi’s Product and Technical Lead explained, “The reason behind this overhaul was to push our promise of providing passengers Speed, Certainty and Safety even further. It is a culmination of all our passengers’ and drivers’ feedback in the past one year.”

One of the key changes to MyTeksi in v2.0 is the sexier, more intuitive user interface. It allows a passenger to book a taxi in just two taps. 

The MyTeksi 2.0 app is currently available for iOS platform only, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The 2.0 app will be available soon for Android and also Windows platforms in a couple of months’ time. Commuters can also book a taxi through the web-browser interface directly from www.myteksi.com.

MyTeksi 2.0
All new booking interface with nearby taxis map

You can book a taxi with MyTeksi in a variety of ways:

  • iPhone and iPad app (version 2.0) – http://bit.ly/myteksi-ios
  • Android app (version 1.0) – http://bit.ly/myteksi-android
  • Online Web Booking – http://myteksi.com/
  • Windows 8 app – http://bit.ly/myteksi-windows8
  • SMS Booking – send an SMS to 36881with the following information:
    • Teksi <Pick-up Address> #<Drop-off Address> #Remarks
    • For example:
    • TEKSI 123, SS21/109 #KLIA #Pintu tepi
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MyTeksi 2.0
Real-time updates of booking status.

Here’s a rundown of how you use MyTeksi 2.0:

  1. Fire up the app.
  2. The app auto geo-locates you and immediately identifies your position, and shows taxis near you.
  3. Tap on “Drop-Off” and select a destination.
  4. MyTeksi will calculate the distance and approximate fare for your journey.
  5. Complete the booking by tapping “Book Now”. The app shows the status of your booking and how taxis are responding to your request.
  6. You will receive confirmation within 1 minute (whether the booking was successful or not), making MyTeksi 2.0 the fastest booking app in town.
MyTeksi 2.0
Watch your taxi move towards and Share Your Ride.

Real-time all the time
The latest updates bring the most awesome feature of MyTeksi 2.0 yet. The app now shows your taxi moving towards you ‘live’ on a map. This removes any uncertainties of whether your taxi will be arriving.

In addition, your driver’s details like full name, car plate number and ID photo are displayed on your booking confirmation screen. The app displays the route so you will always be assured that the driver is taking the proper route and not taking you ‘for a ride.’

As another security feature, MyTeksi has ‘Share My Ride’ that allows you to easily share personalised message and link privately to your loves ones and friends if you wish, on Facebook and Twitter. Once they click on your private link, they will be able to track your taxi’s whereabouts live on a map.

MyTeksi 2.0
History function for passengers to track their past rides.

MyTeksi now also allows booking cancellation, and passengers are also abe to rate (“like” or “dislike”) a driver or comment on their experience. Passengers can also view a history of their bookings.

You can catch a video of how the new MyTeksi 2.0 app works over here: http://youtu.be/Gq6oipPXFQM

MyTeksi 2.0

Our impressions of MyTeksi:
I’ve been a MyTeksi app user since its launch in June and have been impressed by its reliability and speed. It’s highly convenient and I’ve gotten to know some really good taxi drivers who now know me by name. It’s a win-win service for both passengers and taxi drivers, and response from taxi drivers themselves have been positive.

Using the service regularly, I can honestly say it’s the best way to catch a cab!

The new MyTeksi 2.0 app certainly looks and feels much sexier. Can’t wait to try it out!

MyTeksi wants to give you an iPhone 5!
To celebrate the launch of our MyTeksi 2.0 app for iOS 5 & 6 platforms, MyTeksi is currently running a “Book, Share and Win” contest. The grand prize is the all-new iPhone 5!

There will also be 4 iPod shuffles as weekly consolation prizes. To find out more, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/myteksi or their official webpage at www.myteksi.com

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MyTeksi 2.0: The app just got sexier!

Since MyTeksi’s official launch in June 2012 for both Android and iOS platforms, they have performed a complete overhaul to the user interface and threw in additional cool features to make taxi-booking a much easier, faster and safer affair for passengers. Apart from the iOS app upgrade, passengers now have an additional option to book a taxi through the web-browser interface directly from www.myteksi.com.

Figure 1: New Online Web Booking that auto geo-locates you & shows nearby taxis.

The MyTeksi 2.0 app is currently available for iOS platform only, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The 2.0 app will be available soon for Android and also Windows platforms in a couple of months’ time.

One of the key changes for the new MyTeksi 2.0 app is the user-friendly interface which allows a passenger to book a taxi in 2 taps.

Once the app is opened, it will auto-magically geo-locate your current location for pick-up and immediately tells you how many taxis are near you. If you wish to see the taxis around you, just “tap” on the map above and it will expand to show you.

Once you know there are some taxis quite close by, all you need to do then is to tap on the Drop-Off and select your destination, which will immediately calculate your estimated trip distance and fare.

Figure 2: All new booking interface with nearby taxis map

To complete your booking, just tap on Book Now and instead of just waiting and wondering what is happening to your booking, the MyTeksi 2.0 app now shows the status of the passengers’ booking and how drivers are responding to it in real-time. First time users would need to do a one-time activation to complete the booking.

Passengers will also receive their confirmation within 1 minute (whether the booking is successful or not), making it the Fastest Taxi Booking App In Town.

Figure 3: Real-time updates of booking status.

Once you tap Next, comes the most awesome feature of MyTeksi 2.0 yet. As part of their mission to remove uncertainties in taxi bookings, the MyTeksi app now shows your taxi moving towards you Live on a map.

In addition to that, passengers will get to see driver’s details, such as his name, car plate number and ID picture to help passengers identify their drivers as well as calling him. The app also shows the journey’s route so that passengers can tell if drivers are taking the proper route and not taking the passengers “for a ride”.

To keep their passengers’ safe, MyTeksi’s Share My Ride feature allows you to easily share a personalised message and link privately with your family, friends , loved ones or if you wish to, publicly with the FB and Twitter world. Once they click on that link, they will be able to track your taxi’s movements live on a map for the duration of that trip.

Figure 4: Watch your taxi move towards and Share Your Ride.

Previously in version 1.0, passengers were unable to cancel their booking and were forced to always rate their journey to end it.

In MyTeksi 2.0, booking cancellation is now possible and passengers can inform that they “have arrived” at their destination and choose to “like” or “dislike” the driver and also to comment on their experience at any time they wish. These comments are important for MyTeksi to constantly improve their services and drivers.

They can also view a history of their bookings, especially useful when passengers forget something in the taxi and need to call back the driver.

Figure 5: History function for passengers to track their past rides.

You can also catch a video of how the new MyTeksi 2.0 app works over here: http://youtu.be/Gq6oipPXFQM

Aaron Gill, MyTeksi’s Product and Technical Lead explained, “The reason behind this overhaul was to push our promise of providing passengers Speed, Certainty and Safety even further. It is a culmination of all our passengers’ and drivers’ feedback in the past one year.”

“To celebrate the launch of our MyTeksi 2.0 app for iOS 5 & 6 platforms, MyTeksi is currently running a “Book, Share and Win” contest.”, he adds. The grand prize is the all new iPhone 5!

There will also be 4 iPod shuffles as weekly consolation prizes. To find out more, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/myteksi or their official webpage at www.myteksi.com

You can book a taxi with MyTeksi in a variety of ways:

  • iPhone and iPad app (version 2.0) – http://bit.ly/myteksi-ios
  • Android app (version 1.0) – http://bit.ly/myteksi-android
  • Online Web Booking – http://myteksi.com/
  • Windows 8 app – http://bit.ly/myteksi-windows8
  • SMS Booking – send an SMS to 36881with the following information:
    • Teksi <Pick-up Address> #<Drop-off Address> #Remarks
    • For example:
    • TEKSI 123, SS21/109 #KLIA #Pintu tepi

About MyTeksi

MyTeksi is a for-profit social start-up with a mission to revolutionize the taxi industry.  Runner-up in the 2011 Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest, its core product is a taxi-dispatch service with GPS-enhancements, allowing passengers to hail the nearest taxi with extreme ease.  MyTeksi is the first in Malaysia to use smartphone-based technologies for taxi booking and dispatch. Since year 2011, taxi drivers have been using the MyTeksi smartphone-based technologies to receive bookings and we have over 600 drivers to date. Currently Comfort Taxi and KPPCB (Koperasi Pengangkutan Putrajaya & Cyberjaya Berhad) call centers are also powered by MyTeksi’s fleet operator solution. Now commuters can book taxis on their smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android), online booking through the website or simply by sending an SMS.

At MyTeksi, we want to ensure our passengers’ end-to-end experience of a taxi ride, from booking to reaching their destinations. Through our technology, we now empower our passengers with the full details of their ride; Information of their drivers along with the estimated fare of their ride and capability to share their journey through social media, email and SMS (currently available on iPhone app only). The idea is that passengers can get a taxi fast and ride with a peace of mind.

As a humble start-up, MyTeksi believes that business and social value can be achieved in parallel. It hopes to make a difference on Malaysian public transportation, first by making it easier to book taxis.

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