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Cordic launches taxi and private hire app to battle Uber

Cordic, the taxi and private hire technology developer, has created a new driver app it hopes will help the sector take on ride-hailing companies like Uber.

The new driver app, currently under phase one beta-testing, is designed for drivers to maximise their efficiency on-the-job and communication with head office, while enabling fleet operators to improve driver recruitment and retention.

This is alongside a new passenger app that provides a range of tools including a delivery option, ASAP and advance bookings, improved and extended branding options, and a cleaner, more modern booking flow.

Available across the UK and set to be implemented by Cordic’s existing clients, which include the likes of ABBA Cars and Parker Car Service, the company said the app will “revolutionise day-to-day operations” by enabling drivers to set daily goals, opt-in to follow-on jobs, or head towards under-served areas ahead of demand. 

A new chat feature also provides drivers with a way of contacting their office while not on a shift in order to report any issues, while incoming messages can be dictated through the module directly to the driver. 

The app is seen as a key development in the ongoing fight against ride-hailing apps, as it enables fleet owners to join forces in areas where the likes of Uber or Bolt do not currently operate.

Tom Peyerl, Cordic chief executive, said: “Our new driver app is a key moment in enabling us to build on our foundations and deliver step-change and market shaping customer outcomes.

“This app is a real game-changer for us in enabling fleet operators to take the challenge back to industry disruptors and attempt to reclaim our position as the preferred choice for customers.”

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