Taxi Cabs

Tracking taxi cabs that are dispatched from a yard running 24/7 can leave the fleet-operator holding the repair bill for damage to the car when the drivers fault cannot be easily verified.

That reason alone has promoted our High Definition IP Digital Camera Module to be today’s most popular claims management solution. It provides the comfort of knowing whether or not an alleged damage liability was incurred while the vehicle was out. No more guess work, irate drivers or time consuming case building. Here, a picture is worth a thousand words. (Return on Investment).

The idea of documenting the physical condition of a vehicle in order to identify the origin any damage has become an industry hit ever since we invented (U.S. Patent Issue #6630893) and brought this technology to market back in early 2002.

Shown above is one of our many camera lane configurations. It’s a typical lot/garage entry/exit lay-out, most suited for an covered facility operation, that depicts a cab and driver identifying him or herself to negotiate the entry or exit lane. As the cab comes to a stop just before the barrier gate, the driver will interact with the lane device to surrender identification and any other information of interest that will be tagged to the license plate that is being collected almost instantly before vending the gate.
The tubular structure shown below is our minimal rendition of a drive-thru lane set-up, which uses LPR (license plate recognition) to tag the vehicle passing thru at up to 75mph … well, 25mph if you are looking for sharp and not blurry information to go along with your plate. The software governing this process has a user interface that allows you (yes, you) to adjust the frame/second capture rate, to please your desire to end up with a few, many or lots of shots per vehicle from every angle.
Reminiscent of the era when bands actually played on stage to sell their music and ‘Taxi’ was one of the most popular sit-coms on TV, the truss lane design is for our more distinguished and mature clients who wish they would have become rock stars instead of gone into the taxi cab business. It provides essentially the same functionality as the preceding tubular lane design, except that it is prettier and … a little more expensive, as we’ve gone from 60′ of tubing with 3 welds, to 180′ of tubing with 149 welds.
TunnelVision, as we have cleverly named this design, serves to keep weather outside for a more optimal image quality. It too contains all the guts and glory of the other systems and can function as a taxi-stop-and-scan or a drive-thru device tagged by LPR. These are highly recommended for outdoor applications that have nothing but air between the vehicle and the clouds.
This visually rich image presentation provides a solid tool to identify damage and its origin in time. The round thumbnail portholes represent the 8-camera views, although 4-6 is more standard in the industry. Selecting one puts it on the big screen, so you can start hunting for that little door-ding the driver insists ‘did not happen on his/her shift’, The capture tool enables you to create a snap-shot of the damage so you can save it, e-mail it or turn it into a
follow-up post-card.
As you can see, we have plenty of set-ups and tools to give you what you’re looking for. Call us and we will be happy to see what makes the most sense for your operation.