TWO taxi firms are to merge to launch a smartphone 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.
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.
The merger of the two companies will create a combined fleet of around 80 cars.
The total workforce is to remain unchanged.