People in Shanghai might soon be able to call a cab just by sending short mobile phone messages. 200 taxis in the city are currently registered with the taxi dispatch system.
The system provides information about the taxis, such as location and whether they are occupied or empty.
At present, customers have to phone to book taxis through the dispatchers.
But the technology and dispatching system will be improved, making it possible for customers to call a taxi simply by sending a short message.
(CRI February 20, 2004)