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Fone Taxi has launched in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya to give every great driver on the road a platform to make money and create jobs for others.

Much like Uber, the service wants to connects passengers wishing to travel from one point to another within a particular city. Users download the app as a “Fone Taxi Customer” for a passenger. While drivers download “Fone Taxi Driver” for a driver, they then register with Facebook or an email address then they can hail for a taxi from wherever they are.

Fone-Taxi says its mission is to change the way people choose to travel from difficult, unsafe and slow travel to secure, reliable, easy and fast travelling.

Speaking to TechMoran, Dennis Tongoi, the Kenyan franchise owner said,” We have over 120 drivers on the platform since our launch last week. We give the drivers an app and the drivers  pay us just 15% of their revenues a week. We are adding Motorcycles and Tuk Tuk too.”

The System

The taxi car/bike management system has in-built car/bike cost estimator, payment system, traffic heat maps, GPS directions, trip history,  location, real-time communication and many more to help the driver get the best out of their car as well as secure the passenger.

How it works

After a user taps “request a ride”, the app will automatically locate their address using GPS; then the passenger will confirm their location and wait for the car to arrive. The available driver sees your order and offers you an estimated time of arrival to your location and the passenger either accepts the driver or blocks him or her.

A passenger is able to see a driver’s ratings, photo, tariff, car type and pickup time. After arrival, a user chooses to pay in cash or by card – just like the more familiar Uber.

Fone Taxi allows a user to chose between a range of cars or bikes i.e Standard, SUV, VIP, Bike and Triwheels among others. The app also allows the passenger to communicate with the driver in app via SMS or make an SOS Call as long as they are registered.

[TechMoran]