With NexTaxi, D.C.’s e-hailing market grows more crowded

With NexTaxi, D.C.’s e-hailing market grows more crowded

Posted on: Jun 17, 2013, 10:38am EDT

By: Bill Flook, Staff Reporter – Washington Business Journal


NexTaxi, an e-hailing app from Tucson, Ariz.-based Universal TranWare, is busy rolling out in the District, entering a crowded market of cab-tech players that also includes Uber, mytaxi and Taxi Magic.

The app, like its competitors, allows a rider to request a cab and pay a fare from a smartphone. It relies on a different model than its rivals, however, with technology that “connects riders’ requests directly to taxi fleets’ dispatch systems, sending them a nearby for-hire cab,” according to a news release.

There’s an obvious question here as to how NexTaxi will be impacted by the latest D.C. Taxicab Commission’s regulations affecting mobile fare payments. We’ll have more on that subject shortly.

Bill Flook covers technology, biotech and venture capital.

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