Urban public transport has undergone plenty of changes over the last few years with the birth of platforms of the likes of Uber and Lyft which have caused plenty of controversy by bursting into a regulated business model with their own rules (or lack of them) and the help of technology. Leaving our personal opinion aside, the truth is that they've come to stay and co-exist with taxis.
That's at least what the guys behind 99 - Private Driver and Taxi think, and that's why they've released an application for Android that brings together both services. In other words, it's an app with which we can call a taxi or order a car with a private driver just like Uber, depending on our needs.
Taxi or private driver in the same application.
How does 99 work?
How it works is very simple, you only need to sign as a user and follow these steps:
- Step 1: choose your destination on the map based on your GPS location.
- Step 2: choose the kind of transport. You can go for a car with a private driver, a TOP rated car with driver or an ordinary taxi (remember that taxis can drive on special lanes unlike private cars).
- Step 3: wait for your transport.
- Step 4: choose your payment method. You can use your credit card, PayPal or a discount code in the app. You can also use cash or a traditional bank card.
This service includes over 150,000 registered cards that are shown in real time according to our current location. Furthermore, we can look up information about our driver and the ratings left by other users.
We have to remember that this service is only available in Brazil, therefore, if you install the APK you can order a ride in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Salvador de Bahía. If you're looking for a car in any other country, you're better off with another kind of app.