Company: Flywheel Software
Will this be enough to convince Uber and Lyft passengers that taxis are just as — if not more — convenient?
You have to give it to Flywheel, the company equipping taxi drivers with Uber-like apps, for trying to pull the cab industry into the Twenty-First Century.
On Thursday, the company announced a new way for passengers to pay for rides with their mobile phones even when they hail a taxi from the street.
After getting into a cab, passengers merely open the Flywheel app to automatically link up with the driver’s app. After the ride ends, the passenger can pay directly through the app.
“It’s basically the value that we can provide our customers,” Flywheel CEO Rakesh Mathur told Fortune.”The fact that it’s extremely delightful not to have to use cards in cabs.”