World's biggest taxi app and driver network launches in province of Quebec
MONTREAL, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Hailo, the world's biggest taxi app and driver network, has today announced its launch in Montreal, available for free from the App Store on iPhone.
Founded in 2011 by three London taxi drivers and three internet entrepreneurs, Hailo has rapidly brought the traditional taxi industry into the 21st century by ensuring that passengers are never more than two taps away from a licensed taxi.
"Hailo delivers a game-changing taxi experience for both taxi drivers and passengers. Our launch here will improve the way Montrealers get around by combining world-class technology and customer service." said Jeff Desruisseaux, General Manager of Hailo Montreal. "All around the globe we're seeing mobile technology drive incredible improvements in public transportation. At Hailo, we're proud to offer solutions for an industry that is so fundamental to the future of urban mobility in Montreal."
Hailo passengers simply watch as their taxi arrives in real-time while staying safe and indoors. The app's secure payment system offers a 'cashless' taxi experience and receipts are emailed instantly. Passengers can even track lost items such as keys, cell phones and wallets. For Montreal's taxi drivers, the Taxi Bureau-approved Hailo app delivers GPS technology to allow them to 'see through walls' and be matched to nearby jobs, meaning they can earn their living faster and waste far less fuel travelling empty.
Montreal joins 13 other cities in North America, Europe and Asia where Hailo delivers its award-winning taxi service. In nearby Toronto, Hailo has already reduced average waiting times for taxis to under 4 minutes which is signifies a massive improvement compared to traditional dispatch systems. Over 1.4 million people around the world have now downloaded the Hailo taxi app from the App Store.
Hailo is available for free from the App Store on iPhone at www.AppStore.com.
Hailo is the evolution of the hail - a free smartphone app which puts people just two taps away from a licensed taxi, and lets cabbies get more passengers when they want them.
A Hailo hail is accepted around the world every four seconds from Hailo's global network of tens of thousands of drivers and hundreds of thousands of passengers. Launched in November 2011, Hailo is available in London, New York, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Madrid, Barcelona, Washington DC, Osaka and Montreal. In just over two years Hailo has carried more than seven and a half million passengers and grown to annualized sales of well over $100M.
Founded by three taxi drivers and three internet entrepreneurs, Hailo has raised over $50M from the best investors anywhere, including Union Square Ventures, Accel Partners, Wellington Partners, Atomico Ventures and Sir Richard Branson.
Hailo is available as a free download from the App Store. Simply search on "Hailo".
SOURCE: Hailo Montréal
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