Taxi-hailing apps make whistling for a cab a thing of the past
As another international player makes an entry to the virtual Canadian taxi stand, the market for apps that let you hail a limo or cab with a tap is starting to look a bit crowded.
San Francisco startup Uber Technologies Inc. forged the model for slick mobile applications to summon private cars in a flash and the premise has been picked up by many others and extended to regular taxis as well. Fans of the services appreciate the convenience of hailing a comfortable ride on-demand and the fact that their trip (including a tip for the driver) is billed to a credit card on file, eliminating the pesky in-car exchange of money.
The apps can also mean less downtime for drivers, who can switch them on using their own smartphones while cruising around between other fares.