Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Birthday @HailoToronto

I drove through the city on both Saturday and Sunday and the traffic was incredibly slow as everyone came into the core to watch a baseball, hockey or soccer game, as well as everything else that happens in the Big Smoke. At one point I wanted to park and let a professional take me to my destination but I thought I couldn't take the time to stop and get a cab. Then I just found out that the Hailo, the free smartphone Taxi App, has an average pickup time of under 4 minutes which is much faster than a traditional phone dispatch system - you are just two taps away from a cab, and easier to pay over other methods of payment.
During my Sunday boat cruise on the Tall Ship Kajama we all watched a beautiful, white Lamborghini (we think) wind it up on a small service road that runs along the edge of the lake near Ontario Place. He seemed to be enjoying the speed of the car when we all heard a loud noise and the car came to a sudden stop. As crowds of onlookers experienced some schadenfreude from the accident we all wondered what had happened - could have been an engine problem, he might have crashed into something he didn't see, or maybe crashed into something when he couldn't stop in time. I betcha he wished he had taken a cab!
Started in Toronto in September 2012 the Taxi App has celebrated its one year anniversary after hundreds of thousands of trips equivalent to crossing Canada almost 11 times.

Justin Raymond, President, Hailo Canada said; “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support for Hailo shown by Toronto’s passengers and taxi drivers in our first year. As a startup that is offering something so new, we could not have asked for a better response. We’re thrilled by the feedback we receive, with so many Torontonians telling us we have revolutionized the way they use taxis in the city.” Raymond continued, “Our goal is to become Toronto’s preferred way to get and pay for licensed taxis. We’re committed to expanding and enhancing our service both here in Toronto and in other major Canadian cities.”

You can get the free app at the iTunes App Store and Google Play by searching on Hailo.

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