Edovia, Inc. has just re-released their Rocket Taxi to the App Store. Rocket Taxi is a navigation app that uses GPS or WIFI to pin point your location and provide you with a list of taxi services in your area. Rocket Taxi is capable of mapping out your route and even gives you an estimated fare. It’s ideal for business travelers in downtown areas, and bar/club goers who want to let someone else do the driving.
Rocket Taxi has yellow cab and checkered graphics with a simple, clean interface. Using it isn’t very difficult either. It’s easy to get listings and it even offers one touch dialing. Listings appear in Rocket Taxi in alphabetical order based on your location. You can also search for listings other than the ones that the app has pulled up for you. You can search by country (US or Canada) then state or province and narrow it down by the city or town. Once again you’re presented with a list of tax services in alphabetical order.
The good thing about Rocket Taxi is that you don’t always have to be online to search the listings. The app stores the information so you can use it over and over again. Although, that feature may not be a bragging point, especially given the fact that if you’re looking for a taxi you’re probably in an area where you can readily get service.
Rocket Taxi is full of features but slow on function. The trip calculator is pretty slow. In fact, it took about four attempts for the trip calculator to load and work properly. Trying to use the routing function was impossible, 75% of the time it wouldn't load properly. And, even after it did, the route map never displayed correctly. We're not quite sure why it’s called Rocket Taxi because a listing doesn’t necessarily have any correlation to a fast service.
Rocket Taxi will have to add some pretty special updates to compete with free apps like Yelp, White Pages or AroundMe. These programs offer a broad range of categories consistent functionality and don’t feel overpriced. Rocket Taxi is currently available in the app store for $1.99.
Editor's Note: Luke Vandal from Edovia contacted us to say that they are working on version 1.1 which will not only add more countries but also make Rocket Taxi a lot faster and fix map display issues.