Mabuhay Taxi in Davao City Got Payment System for ATM and Debit Card

davao-city-cab-electronic-payment-system Mabuhay Taxi in Davao City Got Payment System for ATM and Debit Card -- Davao City is hundreds of kilometers away from the country's capital but guess what hits the region in the realm of technology? You can now pay a taxi, specifically the Black taxis of Mabuhay Taxi service, via Bancnet, Megalink ATM and debit cards.

Davao City will be having this electronic payment system starting today, Friday. It is so far the most advanced mode of payment for cabs in the Philippines.

Ryan Tan, assistant manager of Mabuhay Taxi in Davao City said that 20 of their company's Black taxis will be utilizing the said payment system to accommodate passengers who prefer to pay seamlessly that is, without the involvement of actual bills and coins.

For general information, this specific payment system via ATM and Debit cards does not exclusively put Mabuhay Taxi ahead of its competing taxi service companies. Even before the activation of the system, the company has been on top of the rest; It's dispatch system has been using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology with computer support mechanism.
For example, if you call us for a cab, we can input that in the system and it will check which cabs are closest to you and tell the driver to go to you.. (Ryan Tan, assistant manager)
According to Tan, while other taxi dispatch systems in Davao City use two-way radio, Mabuhay Taxi uses GPS.

The fare rate of the Black Taxis is the same as that of the regular taxis found in the city.

Mabuhay Taxi is now underway in processing payments by credit cards. With over 200 cabs in the list, the company hopes to equip its vehicles with card readers to follow on the initial upgrade in its payment system.

This is the same system that is already in placed in Japan, Singapore and Australia to name a few.

While we always have the issue of contracting taxi drivers and those that are asking for additional charge on top of the regular fare, the thing is, it is integrated technologically in the taxi cabs of a certain company in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Can you see the "FARE" and the "TIP" items in the payment system screen? Well, at least I suppose, there is an option to put zero (0) amount in the tip part, if you ever wish to do so.

Do you think this payment system will work in Metro Manila? What can you say?

Perhaps, in the next phase of this undertaking is a centralized taxi drivers directory wherein commuters can easily choose taxi units based on various preferences such as company, unit type and service coverage, among many other things. A reliable database is really a big plus in sustaining this kind of commuting service system masterpiece.

Source: http://ph.news.yahoo.com (article + image)

31 comments:

  1. Wow this is sosyal.. And mas maganda to kasi atleast sakto sa pamasahe walang tip tip... BUt the problem kapag gabi na... baka machempuhan na salisi ung driver.. huhuhu

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  2. WOW! @[email protected] Mabuhay Taxi is so advanced ah! I've been impressed with taxis which issue receipts, but this one is just beyond my imagination. Great job Mabuhay Taxi! I hope more taxi companies will follow your footsteps.

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  3. double wow! bring this to Manila please!! this would be very convenient for all :)

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  4. Good job, Mabuhay Taxi! Just goes to show how technology differentiates a business from its peers.

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  5. WoW!!! hightech. New to me. And Davao showcase it. cool!!!

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  6. Great job! This is what I call convenience! I really hope other taxi cab drivers will follow suit. Now, if there can be some type of policy or scheme to combat the practice of some taxi cab drivers that refuse to use the meter and would only give you a ride based on the price that they want (which is always higher than the meter rate), then that would be perfect.

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  7. Wowowowowow! Never thought it would be this way. Pero OK lang din.. But can't it compromise security? Kung tututukan ka ng driver? Hehe. Paranoid lang. But I hope this is a good innovation.

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  8. I hope they implement this nationwide as it's much convenient paying via card and do away with the problems on loose change and overcharging of some taxi drivers. Maybe they can come up with a prepaid card also.

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  9. waaah.. ang sosyal nga talaga. but yes, we need to upgrade.

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  10. wow... this would really help riders free from arrogant drivers who do not give changes...But is it safe??? :D

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  11. Cool cool cool! It's about time.

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  12. Congratulations to the people who initiated this project I hope the rest will follow at sana wala ng batingting!

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  13. Kudos to the people who brought this project to the public.

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  14. this is way too cool! see, you don't need to bring extra change for a cab, just use your most reliable card that makes you more comfortable, and at ease.

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  15. wow. sosyal! Time will come lahat na ng bills ay through cards/ATMs! Pwede din kaya to sa jeepneys? hehe

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  16. im so happy to hear it fro the news, bring it here in manila!!! hahaha

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  17. So proud that I am from DAVAO! Woot! Life is indeed here!

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  18. Cool! At least no need to worry if the driver has enough change to give. :)

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  19. Great news! Hope it will work out fine and I do hope it will be implemented not only in Davao but to most parts of the country as well!

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  20. wow! this is so cool! when in davao, plastic money is convenient to bring instead of cash to be safe too from those bad holduppers

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  21. That is cool! will try this when i come back in davao. Not only this is good to passengers this is also another way to secure the drivers from those bad holdapers!

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  22. Please bring this to Manila soon :D

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  23. wow, i should ride this mabuhay taxi para ma experience ko rin. he he

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  24. Super bilib kami when we saw this kind of payment system in Singapore cabs before. Ngayon, meron na din sa amin! Yey! :)

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  25. wow, how high tech. this will surely threaten the dramas of certain taxi drivers saying "mam sira po ang metro, magkano po ba binabayad nio..."

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  26. Sosyal I love it! with that kind of payment system we wont have to worry about not getting our change back. Most of the taxi drivers have this habit of not returning sukli eh, they'd say wala silang barya! tsk!

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  27. a welcome innovation! The only apprehension I may have if others will follow, I'm afraid the ATM card swiped might be hacked or clandestinely be duplicated! Point of caution!

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  28. This is indeed a positive development in public commuting although I hope that the proper safeguards are in place.

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  29. Great news! Kudos to Mabuhay Taxi for investing on this. Indeed they are after the convenience of their passenger.

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  30. The drivers of these taxi cabs are smart enough to
    operate such POS machines. I wonder if this will
    be implemented properly in Manila.

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  31. This is a good news. Good that they are starting to embrace on the new technologies for the convenience to the passengers.

    I agree with Joy by mentioning that the drivers would also benefits from this system because the drivers would be safe from the hold-uppers if they don't have a lot of cash with them.

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