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Topic # 151089 13-Aug-2014 18:17
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Android: 4.2.2
Phone: GT-57275R

Hello.

I am wondering if there is an app to track people (voluntarily) using Google maps.

I do realize there are a few apps out there (Eg taxi company apps), i can see where a particular taxi is when (AFTER) i order a taxi. i can see approximately how close it is..

is there a similar app so i can add friends (friendly taxi drivers) / family etc - if they also voluntarily use the app.

basically, some taxi drivers like me, & sometimes wait for me after work. Some days i do not need a taxi.

Until i actually walk up to the cab, i do not know which driver is in that cab - & i can't text them to advise if i need / want (or dont want) a taxi. (I am in Auckland)

EDIT:  or, i can see a map of all my 'friend' taxis, & zoom in to see which taxi is the closest (if any).

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  Reply # 1107889 13-Aug-2014 18:40
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There are short term tracking apps like Glympse for locating people around you( who use glympse).
There are hundreds of simple trackers on the playstore, the hard part is getting people to use them and trust them ( which they shouldn't) . 
background services can send location data from other apps that use the location sensor.  

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  Reply # 1107897 13-Aug-2014 18:59
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Me and a bunch of other chaps used EchoEcho to keep tabs on each other a few years back on a motorbike tour around the north island. We found it very effective except when I enabled false location reporting for a bit of a giggle - took them a while to work out that I wasn't miles ahead of them with my feet up :-)

All parties must have the app installed. Essentially you ping someone with a location request and they can choose to answer or not. If they do, their location is reported to you. Conversely you can send your location to others who have the app installed.

Edit: everyone uninstalled the app after the tour as it was no longer needed.

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