Now commuters in D.C. can track taxis and limos in real-time as D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has introduced “Where Are the Taxis” software platform called application program interface (API).
API acts as an interface and connects one application with another through commands given by the rider. The riders will be able to visually track taxis and limos through API software. And any particular vehicle can also be located by identification numbers given on the software.
“The Bowser Administration is committed to enabling innovative and forward-thinking solutions to support the evolution of accessible and affordable rides in the District. The API strategy enables transportation as a service to reduce marketplace inequities and overcome barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, developers, and change makers,” DFHV Director Ernest Chrappah said at the 31st Annual Conference of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) in Philadelphia, PA, where the API app was released.
In a statement, Chrappah said it’s difficult to list all the benefits of our APIs, but added that economic impact is among them. “Whether we facilitate the transport of business leaders or government officials to meetings, or ensure that a visitor enjoys a seamless sightseeing experience, the apps our APIs make possible can help ensure the District remains a commerce and tourism center,” he said.
According to DFHV, API will help commuters to travel easily, showing them many options of traveling around in the city. “The open API strategy continues DFHV efforts to support the evolution of the ride to ensure excellent riding experiences in for-hire vehicles,” a DFHV official told Smart Cities Dive.
In the past information on licensed drivers, vehicles, estimated fares or project arrival time was not available from a central source, as per DFHV statement. However, API makes it possible now to have all this information accessible on a single source. “Developers who were interested in building transportation apps had to seek out multiple taxi companies and build around inconsistent data sources,” the statement adds.
Now the riders can access API for real-time information and check the availability of taxis and limousines anytime in the district.