First, thanks to all those who’ve signed up and have been testing the system! The feedback provided has been invaluable and it’s helping us shape the future of the Taximap service – making it better for everyone!
The main request we’ve been receiving is for a means to provide variable pricing beyond the fixed price per mile model on which Taximap is founded. We’ve been listening and today we’ve updated the system with a new feature: Pricing Zones.
Over at the Taximap Forum we’ve opened up a new thread to discuss how this feature will end up working, but to begin with we’ve added a means for Taximap members to define areas on the map and set some preferences for those areas – we’re calling these areas ‘Zones‘. (Registered members will see a new Zones tab on their home page after logging in.)
Zones are defined by adding points to a Google map. There’s no limit to the number of points that can be added. The points should encircle the area which requires dedicated pricing. Once all the points are added, the region will become highlighted and settings, such as price per mile and description, can be entered. And, as the ‘s‘ on the end suggests, many zones can be defined – all with different pricing and settings.
Cab Fare Calculation
As mentioned the precise effect zones will have on the taxi journey price calculation is yet to be fully agreed, but we think there are 3 possibilities:
- Zone rates only applied to distance travelled within zone.
- Entering a zone adds a fixed cost to the overall price.
- Zone rates are applied to the whole journey if the zone is entered at all.
The last option is probably the easiest to calculate and probably the simplest to understand, but it might not necessarily provide accurate prices. So, we’re still taking your feedback on this one and we invite you all to participate over at the forum where you can let us know your thoughts.
We’ll also be writing up a help file for this feature at the Taximap Wiki.