ISTANBUL GETS SMARTER WITH ITAXI The ITAXI project that brings a new vision to the "Smart City" concept of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) was introduced to press at the Haliç Congress Center. ITAXI, which will allow to make payments with Istanbulcard, will make transportation easier and secure with a quality of service, while saving time and fuel.

At the event, IBB Secretary General Hayri Baraçlı said that the project will save time and energy by preventing taxis from wandering around the roads and raise citizen satisfaction to a higher level.

Hayri Baraçlı said "Today we’re presenting ITAXI, an important project for Istanbul and Turkey. We’ve taken into account all the demands and requests in this project which will be initially implemented in 4 thousand taxis. We’re realizing a project that will meet the taxi needs of our citizens more quickly, provide a more efficient and productive use of the taxis and improve the quality of service of our drivers,

He went on saying that this project is very important in terms of passenger safety, driver safety and ease of payment: "Our taxi drivers and our citizens will be able to travel more comfortably and safely in this way and our passengers will be riding with a registered taxi service that serves from a center. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality will come to the point where we will monitor the taxi system from our center and even from our home. In the project there is a mobile application as well as the ITAXI center. You can call the vacant taxi nearest to you with smart phone applications. As soon as the taxi driver accepts the call the taxi will directly come to you. The whole process will also be controlled by our center."

Along with ITAXI, the charging unit produced for electric vehicles by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality was also introduced in the program. The system that will be used for ITAXI in the first place and will spread all over Istanbul in the near future.

Within the scope of IBB ITAXI project, 4000 units of taxi equipment will be installed firstly, and at the next stage, it is aimed to gradually enroll 17,395 taxis in the system.