It's about time someone came up with a tech-savvy way to determine the optimal taxi route.
As hard working as they are, some cab drivers may take a slower, more congested route to run up the fare, but the free Taxi Turvi app strives to help passengers judge whether their drivers are taking the best course.
The smartphone app, which is currently only available on the iPhone, plots the cab route with a simple push of the start button.
Using Google Maps, Taxi Turvi provides a side-by-side comparison of the cab drivers' path and the ideal course for the quickest, cheapest taxi ride.
The free app also allows users to input a driver's permit or cab number to post a review or share details of their trip with future travelers.
Taxi Turvi app creator Audrey Overstreet said she was inspired to create the tool after she experienced driver deception first-hand, the New York Post reports.
"We wanted to invent something that was helpful to the world,” Overstreet told the Post. "The app will bring accountability to an industry that is notorious for duping unsuspecting tourists."
While a number of city-specific apps -- including New York's automatic cab hailer ZabKab and San Francisco's ride-sharing alternative SideCar -- have popped up in recent years, Taxi Turvi is not limited to a certain metropolitan area since it draws from the iPhone's pre-installed GPS. Thus, the app will work wherever Google Maps does. (Sorry, Apple Maps, you've already lost that battle).
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An app from Apple that tracks your iPhone's location so that if you ever lose it, or it's stolen, you can log onto iCloud.com and find it quickly. You can <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/13/icloud-find-my-iphone_n_1009425.html">read more about why Find My iPhone is so indispensable here</a>. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/find-my-iphone/id376101648?mt=8">Download Find My iPhone Here</a>.
The popular social network that you may or may not belong to. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facebook/id284882215?mt=8">Download Facebook here</a>.
In the <a href="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/what_twitter_looked_like_when_it_was_born_screensh.php">immortal words of Twitter's hilariously outdated first homepage</a>, "You'll never be bored again...E V E R." That might not be totally true, but Twitter is a wonderful way to pass time, connect with like-minded people and complain about airlines. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twitter/id333903271?mt=8">Download Twitter here</a>.
Find restaurants and other nearby establishments, complete with user ratings. Now integrated into Apple Maps, though you might have better accuracy within the Yelp app itself. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yelp/id284910350?mt=8">Download Yelp here</a>.
A mapping application that won't give you horrifically bad directions. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mapquest/id316126557?mt=8">Download MapQuest here</a>.
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Identify songs -- and now television shows -- by holding up your phone to the speaker for a few seconds. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shazam/id284993459?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2">Download Shazam here</a>.
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Order takeout or delivery the easy way in several large cities. Makes ordering food so convenient that at the end of the month you'll wonder where all your money went and why there are so many empty styrofoam boxes in your kitchen. From:<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seamless-food-delivery-takeout/id381840917?mt=8"> iTunes</a>
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Track your runs, or at least remind yourself daily that you really should be exercising. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/runkeeper-track-gps-running/id300235330?mt=8">Download RunKeeper here</a>.
Remember The Milk
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Ostensibly a social network for foodies, Foodspotting is a good way to visually search, by dish, for good restaurant food around you. Don't get caught at a spot with small portions ever again! <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/foodspotting/id350727118?mt=8">Download Foodspotting here</a>.
For those of us who don't have unlimited data plans, watching your megabyte count each month can be essential to avoiding overage charges. Onavo not only monitors your data usage each month; it can also automate certain settings on your iPhone to lower the amount of data you consume in certain applications. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/onavo-extend-data-usage-get/id423545287?mt=8">Download Onavo here</a>.
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A beautiful app that pulls in the best of the day's writing into a central location. Clean navigation and and an addictive to keep up with the news (or adorable puppy photos). <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pulse-news-for-iphone/id377594176?mt=8">Download Pulse here</a>.