In 2015, passengers taking cabs in the capital of China will be able to enjoy a new high tech feature.
Taxi riders in Beijing are going to be able to a enjoy a new feature that is compatible with their smartphones in the form of QR codes that are going to be displayed on the ID cards of their drivers.
This will give those riders the ability to scan the quick response codes in order to learn more.
The information that they will be able to obtain by scanning the QR codes will include basic information about the driver of the car, as well as about the cab company, itself. The transit authorities in Beijing are hoping that this will help to provide a great deal of benefit to taxi passengers as well as to the taxicab transportation industry in the city as a whole. Primarily, by using these barcodes, it will make it easier for passengers to be able to tell whether or not they are in a cab that has followed all of the laws in the city, or if they are actually in a fake unregistered taxi.
Scanning the QR codes will provide the mobile device user with a direct connection to the official taxi database.
That database is maintained by the transit authorities of Beijing. As fake taxis won’t be within that database, the QRcodes that could be created and posted in those fake cabs won’t function properly. Users will have the ability to call a hotline if they discover a fake cab, so that those individuals can be reported to the authorities.
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That said, the quick response codes are also meant to be handy for passengers that ride in registered cabs but who receive poor service from their cabby. It gives them the chance to report a driver for bad service. This will save them from having to go through a much lengthier process of recording the cab number and driver information so that it could otherwise be reported over the telephone.
With the QR codes, a quick scan is all that is needed and all of the relevant information is gathered onto the device. Then, if a cabbie breaks the law or is otherwise substandard in the service provided, all of the relevant information about that individual is stored on the phone so that it can be reported to the cab company. Full implementation of these barcodes should have been completed by March 31, 2015.