LOS ANGELES--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Flywheel, the mobile application reenergizing the established taxi industry, announced today the expansion of its service in Los Angeles to include Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Culver City as well as the Westside and the South Bay. Flywheel allows users to hail, track and pay for a ride from a regulated driver with a tap of their smart phone. Flywheel brings mobile technology to existing fleets, offering a safe, efficient and affordable option to the mass market of taxi users who aren't well-served by ridesharing and luxury vehicle booking services.
“Flywheel will now be working in cooperation with three of the five taxi owner groups in Los Angeles, which means we will have access to over 1000 taxis in the area”
“Flywheel will now be working in cooperation with three of the five taxi owner groups in Los Angeles, which means we will have access to over 1000 taxis in the area,” explains Flywheel CEO Steven Humphreys. “Angelenos can now easily access safe, licensed taxis across L.A. including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Culver City, becoming the best choice for transportation in the market.”
Flywheel debuted in Los Angeles in August of this year with Bell Cab as their first fleet partner. By the end of this week, a few hundred United Independent taxis will be equipped with the Flywheel technology needed to respond to ride requests in the Los Angeles area, and Beverly Hills Cab Company will be rolling out early next week.
“We are partnering with Flywheel to improve the taxi experience and bring more visibility to a service that we have been operating successfully for over 40 years,” says Beverly Hills Cab Company Vice President Joseph Nehrabi. “We chose Flywheel given the high quality of their driver training and overall management of this game-changing technology.”
United Independent Taxi, which has been serving the greater Los Angeles area since 1977, is eager to begin working with Flywheel. “The taxi industry has been disturbed by the recent rise in ride-sharing services that are not subject to the same regulations as taxi companies,” states United Independent Taxi President and CEO, Andrey Primushko. “Flywheel will allow us to offer the convenience of a mobile hailing and payment app to a safe and familiar service, ultimately leveling the playing field and providing fair competition."
All Flywheel rides are offered by licensed taxi or for-hire vehicles, driven by professional drivers in regulated and well-maintained cars. Flywheel ensures riders are paired with expert drivers and is setting an industry standard in quality control. 95% of all drivers have received 4 or 5 stars out of a 5 star rating system. Unlike other illegal, unregistered and unsafe hired rides, Flywheel offers a safe, convenient, cost-effective way to get around Los Angeles.
The Flywheel app is available in the App Store and through Google Play. In addition to Los Angeles, Flywheel currently operates in Seattle and San Francisco with over 3,000 vehicles on the road and growing.
For more information, please visit www.flywheel.com or follow on us on Twitter @FlywheelNow and in Los Angeles @Flywheel_LA.
Flywheel, founded in 2009, has offices in San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Seattle. Flywheel is one of the first companies to apply mobile and real-time geolocation technology to bring on-demand hired rides to consumers' smartphones. The Flywheel service includes a mobile app allowing consumers to order taxi rides in real-time, track their rides arrival via GPS and automatically pay their fare - they call this 'No waving, no wondering, no wallet'! Flywheel's Investors include Craton Equity Partners, RockPort Capital, Shasta Ventures and Sand Hill Angels. For more information, please visit www.flywheel.com