'Tuk Tuk' meter, an auto fare calculator on smart phones, launched in Kerala

'Tuk Tuk' meter, an auto fare calculator on smart phones, launched in Kerala
Kochi, Kerala: An application called 'Tuk Tuk', claimed to be India's first GPS based, multi-platform Auto fare calculator that runs through smart phones has been launched by Kerala-based MindHelix Technologies.

The application can be started when getting into the autorickshaw and the meter in the phone will run alongside the meter in the rickshaw.

It can also double-check the distance travelled as shown in the auto's meter and the GPS distance calculated by the application, said the Chief Technology Officer, Thomas Antony.

The application enables the commuter to calculate the distance travelled using GPS as also the the fare due, according to the Co-founder and CEO, Christian Emmanuel George.

The application runs on smart phones with Android, Blackberry or Symbian operating systems without any need for calculating manual distance or fare entry, he told reporters.

It also does not require internet connection or the service provider, due to which it can function even in remote areas, George said.

The application has a Start/Stop button and can be customised for any location by entering the fare details in the settings page.

The auto fare calculator would bring relief to commuters who in many cases are fleeced by autorickshaw drivers.

The company was formed last month by an engineer and two engineering students.