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ACADEMICS and software engineers at the Singapore Management University (SMU) have developed an application solution to help cab drivers identify the areas where their services are most needed.

The initiative comes after the latest figures show that passenger use of hackney cabs has fallen 18 per cent from 954,000 in 2016 to 785,000. The number of taxi vehicles has also fallen from 27,534 to 23,140 in the same period.

A spokesman for the Fujitsu-SMU Urban Computing and Engineering Lab – a collaboration between SMU, Fujitsu and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research – said it had developed a smartphone app which directs cabbies to areas of, “high street-hail demand”.

The guidance system uses historical data and real-time information from the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) to predict consumer demand for taxis.

Professor Cheng Shih-Fen, deputy director of research at SMU, said: “The app should give us a pretty good idea of the demand and supply of taxis in a certain area.”

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