|Kabbee facing competition|
In my mind, the world was divided three ways:
- Hailo for instant black cabs
- Kabbee for pre-booking minicabs
- Uber, when you want a chauffeur-driven car
It turns out that the space that Kabbee seemed to occupy - pre-booked minicabs - is filled with other contenders. So I asked how do they differ from each other?
How is @minicabit different from @kabbee? Or @anycabs?Apparently they're "all very different", says Anycabs. Here is how they each described themselves:
— Alex Guest (@AlexGuest) January 30, 2013
- Kabbee: "instant quotes covering all of London from carefully managed fleets"
- minicabit: "UK wide service that can instantly compare quotes with no wait for cabbies to bid"
- Anycabs: "users compare real-time quotes & book their licensed minicab using app or website"
I had a look on the App Store and found that there are several other alternatives offering a similar service. I'd forgotten that I have previously used ubiCabs too. I can't help but think that some of these businesses should be collaborating, working off the same tech platform and pooling resources to get UK-wide coverage fast, then expanding overseas. As it currently stands, there are few barriers to entry into this market, profit margins are likely to be thin and all it takes is for one well-funded foreign competitor to turn up and upset the handsome cab.