The Russian tech company, Yandex, is a giant in its home country. There, it covers many of the services that Google leads in the rest of the world, such as the nation's main search engine and browser. And just like the guys from Mountain View, they don't want to limit their business to recovering information and want to land on new areas. One of them is their transport platform that's capable of putting up a fight against Uber in the most important Russian cities such as Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk or Yekaterinburg, and in the cities other exSoviet republics of the likes of Baku, Batumi, and Kyiv.
Yandex Taxi: the app to order a cab in Russia
Similarly to mytaxi and with the intention to compete with Uber and Cabify, the Russian firm has launched Yandex.Taxi for iPhone (also available for Android in APK format) thanks to which you can order a taxi straight from your mobile device.
Very useful if you're traveling to Russia and you don't understand the language
How it works is very similar to other applications to order taxis or similar private transport. As you know, you'll have to enable your phone's GPS because it works by means of geolocation, sending a vehicle to the exact spot where the user is, according to the service demanded. In the case of this taxi service run by Yandex, it offers three different levels: economic, comfort, and business.
In any case, these are the main features of this platform:
- Call a taxi without ringing: just tap the app's button.
- Pay by credit, with cash or by means of Apple Pay.
- Check the name, phone number, and license number of the driver who takes your order.
- Follow the location and trajectory of the car straight from the app's map.
- Possibility to request child seats in certain cities.
- Make special requests such as room for bikes, snowboards, pets or the possibility to print the receipt.
- Order a larger vehicle if you are traveling in groups.
- Check the price of the journey beforehand.
- Blacklist function to reject taxi drivers that have provided you with an unsatisfactory service in the past.