Taxify's integration with Google Maps app has been launched worldwide today. Photo: File
DURBAN – Taxify's integration with Google Maps app has been launched worldwide today. 

People planning their travel routes using Google Maps will now see a Taxify icon in the app, along with the familiar car, public transport, walking and biking options.

Once riders have searched for their destination and asked the app for directions, Google Maps will then share with the user the proximity of cars on the Taxify platform. The user will also be notified of the estimated fare of the trip. 
If the users sees that using Taxify option is their best option, they can simply tap on the ‘Open app’ icon, to f finish the process of booking the ride. Customers that don't have the app on their device will be prompted to install Taxify app first.

The merge between Taxify and Google Maps makes it possible for users to figure our which of the private, public or e-hailing modes of transport are most time-efficient and cost-effective.

Gareth Taylor, Taxify’s country manager for South Africa said, "This integration with Google Maps makes it so much easier for users to choose the best way to move around their city".

Taylor added that they will have quick comparisons between estimated arrival times for the different modes of transport and fares they can expect to pay, which will help save both time and money. 
This new feature will be available in more than 15 countries, with South Africa being one of the first countries to benefit from this convenient service.

Taxify started its operations in South Africa in 2016 and as of October 2018 have operations in seven South African cities including Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane.

"Integrating Taxify into Google Maps helps people planning their routes choose the most efficient way to get to their destination. They can now see how long the various modes of transport will take, and they can compare the costs of fares for modes of transport that charge per ride," concluded Taylor. 

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