Self-Driving Taxis Report Accidents

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self-driving car crashSelf-driving taxis are said to be the way of the future, with major car companies and rideshare giants developing models that are expected to be on the road in 5 years. In fact, one rideshare giant said in the next 10 years, the majority of vehicles on the road will be driver-less.

This idea of autonomous vehicles has been largely controversial due to safety concerns, and many people are expressing that they would never be comfortable riding in a car without a driver. However, these companies are introducing driver-less models faster than anyone originally expected.

In Singapore, a company called nuTonomy released their first self-driving taxi, and within a few months of its debut, the company has reported an accident. The car crashed into a truck while attempting to switch lanes, however there were no injuries in the crash. Engineers are still determining the exact cause of the incident, but regardless of the cause, the accident has caused much conversation around the issue. Are driverless cars and taxis safe? Should the driverless vehicle save pedestrians or its riders if it has the choice? Should we put so much trust in technology?

Rideshare company Uber also announced that they would be releasing their very own autonomous vehicle operations within the next month. It will be interesting to see how Uber’s long awaited autonomous vehicle handles the pressure.

Accidents like these make consumers even more uncomfortable with the idea of self-driving vehicles, and adds to the skepticism that already exists. There are still many barriers that companies will have to overcome before a completely driver-less future becomes reality.  Buckle your seat belts though, because it is going to be a bumpy ride!


How To Calculate Your Taxi Fare

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Taking a taxi can be confusing especially if you are new to a city. After the relief of hailing a cab correctly and jumping inside many people immediately fear that they are going to be ripped off. Our team at TaxiFareFinder is constantly fielding questions about how much a ride should cost and whether or not a customer paid too much.

While TaxiFareFinder can easily help you find the price of your taxi ride, we thought it would be beneficial to explain exactly how your taxi fare is calculated so you can be better informed as a rider!


How is My Taxi Fare Calculated?

Taxi fares can actually be calculated in 3 different ways, by Zones, Flat Rates, or Meters. Make sure to ask your driver which method he or she is using to calculate your fare.


The Zone System

The zone system is pretty simple to understand! When a city decides to use zoning to determine taxi prices, they essentially divided the city and surrounding areas into multiples sections. For the sake of this article we will say that our example city, San-Fran Tokyo City, has created 5 zones. Each of these zones will have a set price to one another. For example if you are taking a cab from anywhere in zone 1 to anywhere in zone 2, the price will always be $13, even if you are traveling from the very edge of zone 1 to the very opposite edge of zone 2. Zone 1 to zone 4 might be $25 and so on.

Here is an example of a city broken up into zones.

When you take a taxi that is calculating your fare based on zones, you might also encounter some unexpected fees, such as tolls, extra person fees, or luggage fees. Make sure you are aware of any extra fees before you enter the cab!


The Flat Rate System

The flat rate system is perhaps the simplest way to calculate a taxi fare. When using flat rates, a taxi will simply charge you one set price to get between two major locations, such as an airport and the city center. For example, if you are at San Fran Tokyo City Airport and need to get to your hotel in Downtown San Fran Tokyo, and the city uses flat rates, you will pay a one-time fee for your ride. With flat rates you will usually not be charged extra for any extra people, tolls, luggage, etc.


The Taxi Meter System

The taxi meter system is the most commonly used system to calculate a taxi fare. When the taxi meter is active, you are being charged on 3 main criteria, an initial fee, a per mile/km fee, and a wait time fee.

  • Initial Fee – A flat fee charged at the beginning of every ride
  • Cost per mile/km – How much you are charged for each mile/km of your journey
  • Cost per minute – How much you are charged for each minute of the ride where the car is moving very slowly or is standing still

Immediately, upon entering a taxi, you will be charged an initial fee. This dollar amount varies but is usually just a few dollars. The initial fee typically does not account for any distance, it is simply the starting amount for every ride.

Once the taxi starts moving, the meter will start adding up how many miles/kms you have traveled and will charge you the set price for each mile. Typically, you will be charged every part of a mile, such as every 1/10th of a mile to make your fare as accurate as possible.

If the taxi slows down (typically below 10mph) or is stuck still in traffic, the meter will switch over and will start charging you be the minute instead of by mile/km. This ensures that the cab driver is still getting paid for his/her time while sitting at red lights or in traffic.

To sum up how meters work, we have put together the following formula to help you better understand:

Base Fare + (Cost per mile * ride distance) + (Cost per minute * time in taxi while taxi is standing still or traveling very slowly) = Your Fare

Keep in mind that while taking a metered taxi, you will still be expected to pay for any tolls. You might also encounter some surcharges such as additional passenger’s fees, luggage fees, or booking fees.

Lastly, we want to remind you to always remember to tip your driver! Generally tips range from 10-20% of the total fare.

Now that you understand all the factors that go into calculating your taxi fare, make your life simpler and try TaxiFareFinder’s Calculators!

Happy Travels!

Top 14 Places to Hail a Ride to this Valentine’s Day Weekend!

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Need some last minute ideas for a Valentine’s Day Weekend in Boston? Our team has put together a list of the 14 best places to ensure you and your loved one have a fun filled romantic holiday weekend. Whether you plan to participate in just one activity or all 14 make sure to leave the car at home and grab your favorite rideshare or taxi so you can focus on cuddling with your favorite significant other!


1. Club Caribe Salsa at the Marriott








Feeling a little groovy? Head to Club Caribe Salsa at the Marriott in Cambridge to dance the night away this Valentine’s Day. Lessons run from 8-10 p.m., at 10 p.m. the dance floor opens up to all.


2. Cruise Around the Harbor







Hit the high seas with your love this Valentine’s day! Complete with a gourmet dinner, live music, and spectacular views of the city, the Boston Harbor Odyssey dinner cruise is sure to put you and your loved one in the Valentine’s Day spirit.


3. Glass Blowing and Wine Tasting








Looking for something unique to do this Valentine’s weekend? Why not try a date at the Diablo Glass School! Sip on wine while enjoying a fun and entertaining glass blowing demonstration.


4. Heighten your Senses with Dining in the Dark








Looking for a one of a kind experience? Look no further than “Dining in the Dark”.  This sensory journey at the Hampshire House provides a full course dinner completely in the dark creating a heightened sense of taste, touch, scent, and sound!


5. Calling all the Single Ladies!








Looking for a fun girl’s night out this Valentine’s Day?  Head on over to Paint Nite where you and your fellow single ladies can enjoy a night of wine tasting, Taza chocolate, and of course painting!


6. Flirt Fest at the Bell in Hand










Want to spend the night out on the town this weekend? Take a taxi to the Bell in Hand Tavern where you can join in on their “Boston’s Biggest Flirt” contest all while enjoying cocktails and appetizers!


7. Couples Yoga at the Brattle House









Get your workout in and have fun with your significant other this Valentine’s Day through couples yoga at the Brattle House.


8. Fenway Park Winter Lights Show









Looking to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit in one of Boston’s most iconic venues? Head over to Fenway park this weekend for a fun lights show and tour!


9. Top of the Hub









Travel 52 floors above the Back Bay to experience one of Boston’s most renowned restaurants this Valentine’s Day Weekend. Enjoy the impressive views, classic music, and fantastic array of liquors with your date!


10. Ice Skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel








Looking for a romantic activity to fill up your Valentine’s Day! Look no further than Ice Skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Enjoy skating hand in hand with your loved one all while listening to classic love songs and taking in the views of the harbor.


11. Disney on Ice at the Garden










Sometimes it is just nice to be a kid! Bring your date or the whole family to this fun-filled Disney spectacle and sing along to dozens of Disney’s most popular songs.


12. Heartbeat at the MFA










Travel in your taxi to the MFA this weekend for a fine night of wine and art! The evening is even complimented with live music by a group of New England Conservatory students.


13. Champagne Dinner Dance








The wine expo is offering a special one night Champagne Dinner Dance on February 13th! Get in the romantic spirit with live music, dancing, and of course a few glasses of Moet & Chandon!


14. Wine & Chocolate!








What better way to express your love then through chocolate and wine pairings! The Boston Wine School is offering a night of dinner, fancy chocolates, and wine pairings to make your Valentine’s Day weekend truly “delicious”.




Way2Ride E-hailing Taxi App!

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The taxi payment app Way2ride was introduced last year, and it allowed people to pay for their yellow cab taxi rides in NYC through its payment feature.

But this September, Way2ride introduced a feature that could become a huge success for the taxi industry as a whole.

The app was created by Verifone Systems was started as solely a payment app where users could pay for their taxis. Now, Way2ride includes the infamous hailing feature allowing users to submit requests for taxi drivers, similar to the controversial ride-hailing app, Uber.

Currently this app only exists in New York City and Philadelphia but has already grown to include almost 20,000 yellow and green taxi drivers.

The introduction of new apps like this one present an interesting question about whether they will succeed in the long-run or not. With so much competition coming in from Uber and other ride-hailing apps, who’s to say if this one will catch on in the market.

Way2ride believes that the creation of this app may help taxis with their ongoing battle with services like Uber and Lyft because nowadays consumers want everything to be digital. If people have access to an app and can order a taxi through their phone it will be a step forward for the taxi industry as a whole.

When the app was created in 2014,  it received many awards. It was selected by The 2014 American Business Awards (ABA) as a Stevie® Award finalist in the New Product or Service of the Year – Transportation category, 2014 CNP (CardNotPresent) Customer Choice Award in the Best Alternative Payment Solution category, and the 2014 Appy Award for Best Mobile Payments.

We’re keeping our eye out for up-and-coming apps like Way2ride that may soon change the way we think about ordering and paying for a taxi!

Felicia is an intern at Unleashed, LLC. She is from upstate NY, and is currently pursuing a Marketing degree at Bentley University. One day she hopes to travel the world and visit every continent. 


The Ups & Downs of the Medallion

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The taxi industry has been going through much turmoil in recent months; from dropping medallion prices to rideshare protests to job losses. Take a look at this TaxiFareFinder infographic that outlines the rise (and recent fall) of medallion prices in New York City. The sharp decrease is thought to be caused by rideshare services, so it will be interesting to see the final outcome for medallions, the taxi industry, and the rideshare industry.

Sources: Business Insider | Reuters





What The Uber!? Carnegie Mellon VS Uber

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It’s our first ever What The Uber Friday and we are excited to share this What The Uber moment with you today!

We all know that Uber’s business etiquette could use a dose of compassion but this What The Uber story is just downright malicious! Towards the beginning of the 2015 year, Carnegie Mellon University and Uber happily announced a new strategic partnership. The agreement focused on Carnegie Mellon’s NREC (National Robotics Engineering Center) aiding Uber with their research for driverless taxis while Uber would simultaneously boost Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Engineering Labs through funding.

Seems like a win for all, right?

Wrong. Just about four months after this happy partnership was formed, Uber poached almost all of Carnegie Melon’s staff, using six figure signing bonuses and huge raises to hire away 40 of Carnegie Melons top researchers and scientists! Let’s face it nothing says partnership like “We are going to steal all your top workers but still benefit from attempting to have our name attached to your high end institution!”

In the end we can’t say that this Uber raid is much of a surprise, coming from the company that is notorious for its cut-throat business practices. After the many controversial Uber VS Lyft stories, Uber double crossing a partnership is probably considered small potatoes to CEO Travis Kalanick. In good news, Carnegie Mellon is staying optimistic and is actually trying to look at this situation in a positive light!

If you have a What The Uber moment or want to share a What The Uber story please comment below or use one of the hashtags #WhatTheUber or #WTU (for short!) to get your story featured and shared on our social media channels!


To read more on the Uber/Carnegie Mellon scandal visit the Wall Street Journal for the full story.

Will Autonomous Cars Take Over Taxis?

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Autonomous cars and the technology behind them seem to be all anyone can talk about recently. The world is curious about how these cars will work, how safe they will be, how expensive they will be, and if they will be able to fully drive without any human interaction. To some this may still seem like a far off discussion but according to a recent study completed by Boston Consulting Group, partially autonomous vehicles are already here and fully autonomous vehicles may be on the road by 2025!

Of course with all this news on autonomous vehicles, our TaxiFareFinder team can’t help but wonder how this will affect the taxi and rideshare industry. At the moment taxi drivers are focusing all their energy on getting rid of Uber and Uber drivers are focusing all their energy on converting taxi customers to Uber customers, but with the possibility that autonomous cars will be fully rolled out by 2025 maybe these drivers should worry a little bit more about self driving cars taking over their jobs.

According to BCG’s study, multiple communities around the world are already testing driver-less forms of taxis, “Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, plans to introduce a driverless taxi later this year. The vehicle, one of the first of its kind, will operate between two campus locations. Milton Keynes, a planned community in the UK, is developing self-driving “public transport pods” for rollout in 2017. Last year, Singapore conducted a two-month test of driverless vehicles, in which 500 people tried out self-driving buggies that plied the paths of the gardens in the city’s Jurong Lake district. Later this year, the city will begin testing AV jitneys that will convey people for short distances at low speeds in another part of town. The object of the test is to observe how AVs perform in real traffic conditions on public roads and how they interact with pedestrians and bicyclists at intersections.”

Do you think autonomous cars will really be rolled out by 2025? How long after will autonomous taxis be available? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

For more information and further insight on autonomous cars visit BCG Perspectives Study on Autonomous Cars. Users Can Now Compare Taxi Fares in Multiple Languages

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Free ride service calculator site,, has added additional languages to its site options. Users of the taxi fare comparison website can now research their ground transportation options in French, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Jan. 8, 2015 (Boston, MA) — ¡Taxi! Táxi! Taxi! Speakers of Spanish, Portuguese and French can now change the user-language on’s free ride comparison website. Whether the user is actually in France, or in another location but preferring to research online in French, they can select their language from a drop down option on the site’s homepage. The newly added functionality is a reflection on the global expansion of the fare calculator’s popularity in more than 60 countries around the world.’s president  Ippei Takahashi states: “When we launched this site in 2007, it was meant to improve communication between taxi drivers and their customers. Adding these additional languages is just one more step toward making communication easier for our users based on which country they are in. Eventually, the goal will be to provide every language for the corresponding country in which our calculator tool is being used.”’s online calculator is the fastest way to research ground transportation costs before traveling. Users enter their starting point and destination on the site, which then estimates how much it will cost for that trip. It also takes into consideration any traffic or inclement conditions which might affect the total cost. The prices are formulated almost instantly and include any car service company’s prices in locations where that services is available. In addition to taxi prices, the site will also display costs from Uber, Lyft, Hailo, Curb and MyTaxi.

Using Google maps, the site builds out the route for the trip, which also includes multiple route suggestions. The user can click through these options to choose which one they prefer. By default, the site will display the cheapest possible option. TaxiFareFinder uses up-to-date taxi rates from over 600 localities, covering thousands of cities. This information is carefully and constantly monitored for its accuracy by its staff and supporters from an active taxi community.


About the Company was launched in 2007 to help improve the communication between providers of ground transportation and their customers. The calculator tool is based on a proprietary algorithm that takes into account a multitude of considerations. TaxiFareFinder utilizes up-to-date taxi rates from over 600 localities, covering thousands of cities. This information is carefully and constantly monitored for its accuracy by our staff and supporters from our active taxi community. TaxiFareFinder also offers tools, such as an API and WordPress plugin, that enable taxi companies and travel authorities to provide their own fare estimates on their websites or mobile applications. For additional questions or inquiries, please contact us here: or visit

Big News: 1,000 Cities Strong!

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Hey TaxiFareFinder fans! We are proud to announce another big milestone.

We now support over 1,000 cities, counties, airports, and schools worldwide with our fare finding, super sleuth skills! Our recent update includes many mid-sized cities including Palo Alto, CA, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Daytona Beach, FL. The TaxiFareFinder team wants to ensure our fantastic fans have access to taxi fare estimates anywhere in the globe; from big cities to small towns. In the future, we plan to continue our growth until we support all corners of the world!

Check out our GIANT list of supported cities below and let us know if your city is missing – we are expanding every day!


Technology Transformation in the Taxi Industry

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Technology is certainly changing our daily lives and the world we live in. Check out this article where TaxiFareFinder is highlighted as an innovator within the taxi industry by using technology to benefit both drivers and passengers.

How Mobile Payments Are Transforming the Taxi Industry