TECH FINDS

Grab Taxi Attempt: Success!

Thursday, July 10, 2014


I've been meaning to try the Grab Taxi app for a while since it's been sitting in my phone for months now, but I just never had the opportunity because dear hubby drives us everywhere anyway. Last Friday though, I was itching to get out of the house to "breathe" and get Joaquin to spend some quality time with my mom & sister. The area where our house is doesn't have any taxi bays nearby, so hailing a cab would've been necessary. However, the weather was so indecisive that I didn't want to risk getting caught by rain with a toddler in tow. So I clicked on Grab Taxi and instantly had a cab in front of our gate 6 minutes later. :)


Excuse me for being quite amused the first time around, I guess the notion that we've had some kind of advancement in terms of transportation services kind of puts me in awe haha! What I like most is how easy it is to use, all you have to do is read the simple instructions on the screen to get going.


STEP 1
Upon opening the app, you
are notified of the P70.00 booking
fee in addition to the metered
fare (Metro Manila)


STEP 2
Input your pick up point in the
FROM field & your destination
on the DROP OFF field. Click
GrabTaxi

STEP 3
(ex: drop off point at Trinoma)
The app will give you an estimate
of the fare amount so you can either
confirm booking or exit the app

STEP 4
Once you confirm, the app will
randomly assign a driver to pick you up.
You should be able to see his location
on the app's GPS tracking (real time),
an approximate of his arrival time, the cab
operator's name & the taxi's plate number.


There's an option to contact the driver assigned to you (SMS are discouraged so cab drivers won't have to text while driving), which I did around 2 minutes before his supposed arrival, to clarify the color of our gate since we're outside of the subdivision gate. When the cab arrived, I was both relieved & impressed that it didn't look like a rundown car. The driver was a polite, middle-aged man who wasn't awkward to engage in a conversation with (I'm not big on small talk with strangers). He mainly talked about the ongoing promo they had for the month that would free me from the booking fee & what I had to do to join. The vehicle itself had clean upholstery, neat flooring, & a pleasantly fresh smell.

I sure hope this experience wasn't a fluke because I intend to use the app again. It's such a convenience for moms like me who always has a toddler tagging along when commuting is the only option. You can download the app on your Apple, Android & Windows devices. Note that there's also a GrabCar option, but I still have yet to find out about the details of this feature so I can't vouch for its effectivity - if you know how it works or have tried it, please do share :)

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