Hailo cabs, the smartphone taxi-hailing system sometimes described as the U.K.'s version of U.S.-based Uber, is poised to expand next month: To New York. The Financial Times reports the app has been downloaded by 10,600 of the roughly 23,000 black cab drivers in London and nearly a quarter of a million smartphone customers. It's already achieved success in Dublin, Ireland, and a short list of North American cities. Thanks to the way Hailo's commissions work, New York cab hailing via Hailo will cost $1.50 per ride.
Hailo's expansion into the complex world of New York taxi cabs is backed by Union Square Ventures. It's following a path beaten by Uber, which has had difficulty breaking into the mess of laws and contracts that govern the city's cab system--to the point that it was once ruled illegal.
Is it time that smart, tech-forward companies like Hailo really disrupted the law-bound status quo of taxi hailing in many cities?
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