A helping hand for London’s cabbies

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A new and innovative mapping app, underpinned by OS data, is quickly becoming the perfect companion for London Taxi drivers helping them to navigate across the capital.

Cabbie’s Mate A-Z app has been specifically designed for black cab drivers to assist them in accurately pinpointing a street, postcode, or a POI on A-Z maps in under 10 seconds.

The app supports and complements taxi drivers already exceptional understanding of London’s roads obtained in the renowned Knowledge of London exam, described as one of the most difficult tests in the world.

Cabbie’s Mate was the idea of taxi driver and entrepreneur, Mentes Safaoglu, who partnered with A-Z map publishers Harper Collins to develop and launch the app.

Mentes Safaoglu said; “The app helps to jog my memory, it makes life easier and takes the stress away.”

"The key thing is the accuracy and authority which OS and A-Z bring to the app, and by working with taxi drivers we can very quickly update the mapping and have it available online."

Jethro Lennox, Cartographic Director at Harper Collins Publishers

Harper Collins are an OS Partner and licence OS data for their A-Z Mapping products.

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