GPS Tracking and Alcohol Testers Increase Cab Safety

A 32-year-old Indian man and his 22-year-old business partner are upping the ante for cab services and passenger security.

Their start-up venture, Taxi on Mobile, has an alcohol detection tester, allowing passengers to test the cab drivers alcohol level prior to the ride. The new service also uses GPS tracking systems and cab surveillance centers, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to monitor the cabs. The surveillance centers monitor the route entered into the system, if any deviation from that route occurs an alert is immediately sent.

The founders, Yeshwanth Vepachedu and Uday Jindal, came up with the idea after noticing security was a major concern among cab passengers. “More than 50 per cent of our patrons are corporate customers. Female employees who have to travel back home alone during late hours would definitely want to be monitored,” Vepachedu said,  “and hence, we have two ways to ensure security for them, one is the alcohol level detector and second is the alerts through SMS and GPS.”

The service will soon expand into 16 other cities.