Eyetease® was honoured to have its first ‘Taxi Celebrity’ in the back of our taxi earlier this week. Mr Karl James, Co-founder of Tweet-a-London-Taxi (with over 20,000 Twitter followers!), the TLC Taxi App and a licensed taxi driver for over 11 years, has a keen eye for technology and its benefits to the Cab trade. Mr James is actively involved in a range of key initiatives within the Cab trade and was the perfect man to call up to road test our latest gadget – CabWifi™.
Mr James admits, “I was honoured to be asked to try out and test CabWifi on the 3rd April 2012 by Eyetease Limited. They have devised and produced a system bringing full high speed wifi into the London taxi and effectively turning the world famous London black cab into a wifi hot spot, which is great news!” He goes on to say, “for the taxi travelling public, giving them (for the first time) free and unfettered wifi access is a huge step forward for London.”
Eyetease was keen to see what Mr James thought of the latest CabWifi solution soon to be introduced to the City of London. And what better way to test CabWifi than to surf the web whilst being chauffeured by Eyetease Limited’s very own CEO, Richard Corbett? Mr James mentions, “I rode in back of the CabWifi fitted taxi around the City and East London for half an hour – an unusual experience for me not being the cabby in the front! Playing the part of a passenger, I quickly logged in using my iPad and iPhone, saw a 15 second ad on each (this short ad basically pays for the whole service) then voila! I was online, browsing, tweeting etc. I then began the ultimate test and opened the Sky News App for iPad and ran a live news tv feed – all completely uninterrupted and crystal clear in HD clarity whilst being driven around.”
Eyetease’s taxi wifi proposition solves several issues associated with mobile wifi connectivity including functioning within man-made chasms (i.e. between high rise buildings) and wifi whilst in motion.
So why would anyone want wifi access whilst in a Taxi? Furthermore, why would someone want Wifi access when they can use 3G on their phones? Simple! Eyetease believe there are 9 excellent reasons for introducing this new service to taxis:
Andrew Barnett, Managing Director of Ubiquitous, commented: “Mobile phones running out of batteries, or failing to get a decent mobile connection when out and about, are pains suffered by busy consumers and business people up and down the country. For this reason, taxi passengers are understandably keen to benefit from the innovations in in-cab technologies, be it to charge their smartphone to make an important call or access the internet to search for crucial information or download emails.”
Andrew, we would have to agree with you!
Following our CabWifi trial with Mr James, we think his final verdict says it all – “Riding in a London black cab will never be the same again!”
For companies looking to find out more about cabwifi, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re a taxi driver and would like to register your interest, follow @CabWifi on Twitter, email email@example.com or fill in this short form.