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Our Tremendous App Of The Day – Nihon Kotsu

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Just hear me out, I don’t expect any of our loyal readers to of heard of this app, Nihon Kotsu, but very soon I am sure you will. Currently it is only available in Japan but we are certain it will hit the rest of the world very soon, it has already raked in more than 100 million yen since its launch in January after all.

Let me tell you a little more about it. It is a taxi/cab dispatch service app, with a difference, it utilizes GPS data and as soon as you open the app, a map pops up. You can then designate a place where you want to be collected from. The order goes directly to the taxi company, in this case, Nihon Kotsu Co – Tokyo’s largest taxi company, they then find the nearest available taxi and provide you with the car license plate and any other relevant id information. At the moment its limited to Tokyo’s 23 wards as well as a few neighboring areas but further expansions are on the cards.

This app is fantastic for so many reasons, firstly the user has the convenience of calling a taxi whenever or wherever they need it. For safety reasons, the customer does not need to wait by the side of the street and hope that they’re getting into the right car. The taxi is specifically identified for them and the user will have all of these details on their smartphone directly within the app. And of course, if you’re in a foreign country, you don’t need to try and order a taxi verbally if your language skills aren’t up to scratch.

I’m really hoping this service rolls out throughout the rest of the world and I’m pretty sure it will. If you want to check this app out, you can download here from the Japanese app store, it’s free and it will give you an idea of why it is so good.

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By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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