Comments

You must log in or register to comment.

2

5_0_4_1_5_8_7 wrote (edited )

not that aren't proprietary.

taxi.coop went last month (by google).

how would you fund it....

(without being a social enterprise).

1

selver wrote

Fund what? It's not a capital-intensive project. It could work as an open source coding project.

But I looked into it, and the government here makes it way more expensive to try. 20k/year just to apply for some sort of licensing for it.

-2

Copenhagen_Bram wrote

1

plast wrote

Whats wrong with this? Its pretty much a FOSS uber, that lets you pay in cash for extra anonymity.

1

selver wrote

Cool, thanks for the rec.

Too bad it's cash-only, makes it essentially useless. No one wants to use that.

3

md_ wrote

Too bad it's cash-only, makes it essentially useless. No one wants to use that.

That's bizarre. The usual reasons you would want an alternative to Uber are also reason to prefer paying in cash.

Maybe a more complete solution will use GNU Taler.

1

selver wrote

I'm interested in an app that allows Uber/Lyft drivers to own the means of production and make a decent wage, which requires meeting customer demand, and people fucking hate having to use cash for taxis. People would not use the app if they can't pay with credit beforehand.

2

md_ wrote

and people fucking hate having to use cash for taxis

I think you are using terms that are too absolute here. This is the first time I'm hearing that people who use taxis hate paying in cash.

I'm more than ready to accept that this is the case where you live, obviously. It's not the case where I live though. For me personally, paying for transportation with a credit card is very uncomfortable actually.

From a technical standpoint, both options can be implemented in the same system.

1

selver wrote (edited )

One of the main innovations of Uber was that you set up a card or PayPal on your account, and then the fare is calculated & paid before you even get in the car. People like that because cab drivers, and some passengers, were notorious for scamming people ("I don't have change","my credit machine is down",etc). The app acts as a third party ensuring that the driver gets paid, and that the passenger doesn't get ripped off.

Sure, you could have an option for drivers to choose whether they accept cash or not. My point is more that the Uber setup needs to be available too, as it's very popular.

2

md_ wrote

I believe you. I probably disagree, and I would protest those changes if they ever came here though.

I think the end goal of Uber and the like is to reinvent buses, but do it in a way that offers workers no protection, and it has none of the environmental benefits of mass transport networks.

-4

Copenhagen_Bram wrote (edited )

Wait what? It's a Telegram bot, why can't you use whatever currency you want?

My main complaint is that Telegram is rather proprietary. LibreTaxi for Matrix would be nice.

1

selver wrote

The site says:

Cash only

No credit cards. Drivers get paid directly with cash. BitCoin integration is on the way!

I think the whole pay beforehand thing is pretty crucial to really compete with Uber/Lyft. Also probably need a standalone app, didn't realize it was a telegram bot at first.