Urban mobility options have been integrated into one app with new API
The new API enables the creation of a central source for finding licensed drivers, vehicles, estimated fares or projected arrival times.
The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has made it easier for digital developers to integrate urban mobility options into a single app with the introduction of the ‘Where Are the Taxis’ application programme interface (API).
“The Bowser Administration is committed to enabling innovative and forward-thinking solutions to support the evolution of accessible and affordable rides in the district,” DFHV Director, Ernest Chrappah said. “The API strategy enables transportation-as-a-service to reduce marketplace inequities and overcome barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, developers and changemakers.”
Previously, there has been no central source for finding licensed drivers, vehicles, estimated fares or projected arrival times. Instead, developers who were interested in building transportation apps had to source multiple taxi companies and build around inconsistent data.
The release of this API comes during the IATR Conference where Chrappah led a panel discussion on leveraging data to position transportation-as-a-service; and follows the inaugural DFHV Transportation Challenge which had four teams present innovative ways to experience ride-hailing, taxis and limousines.
The strategic objective is to develop programmes and policies to overcome transportation barriers, expand economic opportunities and reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
Access to the ‘Where Are the Taxis’ API can provide real-time taxi and limousine availability on display boards in the metropolitan area; offering transportation options and arrival information.