Company: Flywheel Software
There’s a new way to hail a taxi in Seattle and it doesn’t involve standing in the street and waving your hand.
Flywheel, which allows riders to call for a cab with their smartphone, just launched in Seattle. The app lets you set your location, track a cab until it arrives and pay for the ride once reaching your destination.
Sound familiar? It should. Ride-sharing startups like Lyft, SideCar and UberX all use smartphones to make the process of getting from A to B more convenient and usually cheaper than traditional taxi-hailing methods.
Flywheel is different, though, because it works with fleets that operate legally. Technically, those ride-sharing startups are breaking the law in Seattle because its drivers operate without any licensing or inspection by the city.