A Cochin based start up company MindHelix Technologies, introduced a new product called TukTuk Meter that can help the commuter to get a fair fare from the Autorickshaws. This application can dynamically calculate the autorickshaw fare by measuring the distance travelled. The distance travelled is also measured by the application, so that there is no need for manual distance entry.
TukTuk meter does not require internet connection or even the presence of the service provider. It works using the Global Positioning System (GPS). The application has a simple user interface that consists of a START/STOP button. The application calculates the distance and the fare that is to be paid. The TukTuk meter can be customized for any city by entering the fare details in the settings page.
This works on devices that has GPS and runs on Android, BlackBerry and Symbian Operating systems.[advt]
The application can be started on entering the autorikshaw and the meter in the phone will run alongside the meter in the rickshaw and it can double check the distance travelled as shown in the auto’s meter and the GPS distance calculated by the application.
This application can be used in any location in the country and being network independent, it can work accurately even in the remote areas. This application does not require the user to enter the distance into it. The application just needs to be started, assuming that the rates in the city are entered in the settings, and the application will do the rest.
- Real-Time distance update with Global Positioning System
- Editable rates for for multi-city usage.
- Does not require GPRS/ EDGE connection for functioning.
- Intuitive path calculation algorithm to trace the journey route.
The application is set to run in android, blackberry and symbian phone. It will also run on other phones that supports java and has GPS.
The application requires :
Android2.1 (Eclair), Android 2.2 ( Froyo ) or above
BlackBerry (OS v4.5,v4.6,v4.7, v5.0)
Symbian S60v3 or S60v5 phones with GPS
Other smart phones which has GPS and Java.