TWO Aberdeen taxi firms are to merge to launch a smart-phone app for customers.
Aberdeen Taxis Ltd and Dyce Cabs will amalgamate later this month and launch their app in early December.
The free app, similar to the one used by controversial US firm Uber, will allow the customer to book their taxi, track how long it will take to get to them and also give them a quote for the cost of the trip.
The move comes after the Evening Express previously revealed Uber, which is partly owned by Google and is used in around 300 cities across the world, was eyeing a move to Aberdeen next year.
Gavin Johnston, director of Aberdeen Taxis Ltd, said: “We have decided to merge the two taxi firms to provide a better service to our customers here in Aberdeen.
“In the first week in December we will launch our iPhone app with the Android app being available in early January.
“The app is aimed to give our customers an easier way of booking a taxi.”
All the vehicles in the company will be fitted with wifi and will allow the customers to pay with card by chip and pin, cash and also Paypal.