Gencapp, a geo-commerce platform designed to include the internet of things, has announced the pre-release of its Driver App. Gencapp is a distributed marketplace for services, developed by Vision Ears, Inc., which utilizes technologies including blockchain, geo-location and cryptography to offer an peer-to-peer marketplace for taxi services.
The Gencapp Driver App requires the user to indicate the pickup and end-destinations on the local map when requesting a ride. The user is then presented with competing drivers, along with the company they work for (e.g. Uber, Licensed Taxi or Independent), along with their bid prices and available times. The user can then select their preferred driver who is notified and can then accept or reject, or negotiate the fare. Drivers enter profiles, including initial fare, and a pricing table based on distance and/or time. An estimation algorithm then calculates and presents the fare for any requested rides.
Driver differentiates itself from other “ride sharing” or “taxi apps” by presenting users with a fully integrated marketplace for personal transportation services – any company can be represented with no bias towards any one, creating a level playing field for all competitors.
Driver includes security features for the benefit of both users and the drivers, relying methods such as third party notifications, smart contracts and transparency. The notification features can also be set by the user to alert local emergency services as to possible problems. Features include:
• Geo-Fencing of the route – Any significant deviation from the agreed route causes a notification to be sent to the user’s mobile phone. If the user does not confirm the notification, a secondary notification is sent to a designated person, with a link to real-time tracking of the user’s position.
• Arrival Time – If the user does not arrive on time (within a predetermined, allowable variation), the designated person is notified.
• General broadcast alert – If either the Geo-fencing or Arrival Time alerts are sent, or both the user and driver’s phones are switched off, the user’s location will be posted on the general Gencapp map to allow other Gencapp or Driver users to lend assistance if they are nearby.
• Smart Contracts – Rides are captured in smart contracts, to prevent either the user or the driver from financial abuse such as additional charges or refusing to pay a fare.
• Identity Verification – Gencapp’s social verification background check can be utilized by users and drivers to ensure they know who they are dealing with.