Chinese City Bans Taxi Finder Smartphone Apps, Threatens to Punish Drivers Who Use Them

Eugene Suslo

May 28, 2013


Taking a cab in China can be a real pain, but increasingly, smartphone apps can make the process quicker and easier by allowing you to contact many drivers at once and giving them a very precise read on your location. Passengers love it because it helps them find cabs, and drivers like it because it helps them find passengers. But apparently the Shenzhen Department of Transport doesn’t love it, because Southern Metropolis Daily is reporting that cabbies around the city have been ordered to remove taxi-finding apps from their phones. Lame.