Flywheel Unleashes TaxiOS™, the First Operating System for Taxis That Replaces Meters, Payment Systems, Navigation and Dispatch Technologies With a Single Device
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October 29, 2015 - Today Flywheel, The company revolutionizing the transportation industry to give consumers quick, safe, affordable rides, introduces the first all-in-one mobile technology platform for taxis. Flywheel TaxiOS replaces the meter, payment system, navigation and dispatch systems with a single phone and cloud-based platform. Many attempts to modernize the taxi industry have failed because they try to build on antiquated taxi technology or lack the ability to quickly scale. By replacing all the broken technology in cabs with a single device, TaxiOS modernizes the industry with a ground-up solution that can be deployed in hours.
Flywheel continues to crush all the competitive disadvantages taxis face. The world’s first GPS-based taxi metering, TaxiOS replaces and improves all functions of existing dated, disparate technologies, allowing the taxi industry to compete with ridesharing apps on a level playing field. San Francisco taxi drivers are not only able to process rides through the mobile app, but also use the system to pick up and complete rides through street hail and voice dispatch. San Francisco becomes the first city to have a licensed fleet running on a GPS-based virtual meter. FlywheelTaxi has a significant portion of its fleet where all the old technology has been removed in favor of a single phone running TaxiOS.
TaxiOS is the first to bring the taximeter, dispatch, payments and navigation to a single device. Whether it’s a ride hailed by phone, mobile app or a regular hail off the street, Flywheel navigates the driver to the pickup and processes the payment. Current Flywheel app users already love the simplicity of either mobile or street hailing cabs and being able to pay through the app. Now, Flywheel is integrating these functionalities with the cab meters and dispatch systems to serve as one central platform allowing drivers to accept and process any type of ride and payment.
“The taxi industry is in need of major technology innovation to ensure success,” said Rakesh Mathur, CEO of Flywheel. “Current taxi technologies are doing more to hurt cabs than help them succeed. With TaxiOS, we’ve built the taxi operating system for the future and eliminated all the unnecessary and antiquated clutter. A one-device solution is the only real way forward for the taxi industry, and San Francisco is just the beginning.”
Flywheel currently operates in six major cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, Sacramento, and Portland. Earlier this year, DeSoto Cab rebranded as FlywheelTaxis, putting hundreds of branded cabs on the streets of San Francisco. These taxis are the first to take part in the TaxiOS pilot with several other fleets ready to begin converting their cars.
Drivers and taxi fleets interested in working with Flywheel can visit: http://www.flywheel.com/fleet#
Flywheel provides the best experience for drivers and riders. Never any exploitive surge pricing, professional and licensed taxi drivers who know their cities, thorough background checks, and training to assist passengers with special needs.
To download the Flywheel app, visit the Apple App Store or Android Google Play Store, and follow Flywheel on Twitter @FlywheelNow.
Headquartered in Redwood City, Flywheel is a technology platform for the taxi industry that connects passengers with licensed, high-quality drivers. Flywheel’s TaxiOS replaces the antiquated meter, payments and dispatch technology with a single device. The Flywheel mobile app allows passengers to order taxi rides in real-time, track arrival via GPS and automatically pay their fare via their smartphone device. For more information about Flywheel, visit: http://www.flywheel.com.
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