K-cab is a SMS-based service for calling taxicabs, which is available in Iwate prefecture. The service can also be used with QR codes that encode location information. Vending machines that bear such location-encoded QR codes are being installed in varous places in the prefecture so that people can easily call a cab just by taking a picture of a QR code with their camera phones and connecting to the K-cabs’ taxicab dispatch website.
This sounds attractive to anyone who has ever had the experience of being unable to tell a taxi dispatcher where you are — as when visiting a strange city. It would also be highly useful for individuals with a speech handicap.
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