|Founded||2011London, United Kingdomin|
New York City
|Products||Taxi e-hailing marketplace, mobile commerce network|
Hailo was a British technology platform  that matched taxi drivers and passengers through its mobile phone application. Founded in London in 2011, the Hailo taxi service was available in 16 cities (as of December 2013).
By May 2013, Hailo had enabled more than three million rides for passengers from over 30,000 registered taxi drivers.
In late 2016 Hailo was absorbed by myTaxi, a German e-hailing company belonging to Daimler Financial Services, to form the largest e-hailing operator. The resulting company, branded mytaxi, is based in Hamburg.
By July 1, 2019 mytaxi was rebranded to Free Now serving over 100 European cities including Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Paris and London. Free Now customer care and support teams operate from Dublin, Hamburg, Madrid, Warsaw among other European countries.
Hailo began in late 2010, after a meeting between three London taxi drivers and three technology entrepreneurs, including co-founders Jay Bregman, CEO, Ron Zeghibe, Executive Chairman, Caspar Woolley, Chief Operations Officer, and Russell Hall, Gary Jackson, and Terry Runham, Driver Community Leaders.
On November 1, 2011 Hailo officially launched to passengers in London. By the end of 2012, Hailo had launched in Dublin, Boston, Toronto, and Chicago, but by late 2014 had discontinued services in North America.
To date, Hailo has raised approximately $125.1 million in funding. Hailo received $3.0 million in two tranches of Seed round funding in 2011. In March 2012, Hailo received $17m in Series A round funding led by Accel Partners. The round also included contributions from both Atomico and Wellington Partners. A $30.6m Series B investment round was secured in December 2012, led by Union Square Ventures. Contributions were also made by Japanese mobile telecoms group KDDI and business magnate Sir Richard Branson.
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|London||November 2011||The Black Cab App||£10+||None||Cash or card||5 min free waiting time|||
|New York City||2013||The Taxi Magnet||$3.00+1||$1.99 peak
|Card (automatic)||Services Discontinued6|||
|Barcelona||2013||La app para taxis en Barcelona2||None||None||Cash or card||5 min free waiting time|||
|Boston||2012||The Boston Taxi App||$5.00+||$1.99 peak
|Card (automatic)||Services Discontinued6|||
|Chicago||2012||The Chicago Taxi App||$5.00+||$1.50||Card (automatic)||Services Discontinued6|||
|Cork||2013||The Taxi Magnet||None||None||Cash or card||5 min free waiting time|||
|Dublin||2012||The Taxi Magnet||None||None||Cash or card||5 min free waiting time|||
|Montreal3||September 2013||L'application pour taxis de Montréal
The Montreal Taxi App
|None||None||Card (automatic)||Services Discontinued6|||
|Osaka||May 2013||The Osaka Taxi App||None||None||Cash or card||5 min free waiting time|||
|Madrid||May 2013||La app para taxis en Madrid4||None||None||Cash or card||5 min free waiting time|||
|Washington, DC||May 2013||The DC Taxi App||$3.25+||$1.50||Card (automatic)||Services Discontinued6|||
|Toronto||2012||The Toronto Taxi App||$4.25+||None||Card (automatic)||Services Discontinued6|||
|Limerick||2013||The Taxi Magnet||None||None||Cash or card||5 min free waiting time|||
|Galway||2013||The Taxi Magnet||None||None||Cash or card||5 min free waiting time|||
|Atlanta||N/A6||The Atlanta Taxi App|||
|Tokyo||Coming soon5||The Tokyo Taxi App|||
|March 2014||The Taxi Magnet|||
- Includes $0.50 mandatory state surcharge
- Translates to The App for Taxis in Barcelona
- Marketed in both English and French
- Translates to The App for Taxis in Madrid
- Atlanta, Tokyo, and the remainder of Ireland are currently locations that Hailo plans on serving in the future.
- Hailo shuttered its North American operations in late 2014 in Canada and the US citing low profits and increased competition from Uber and Lyft - http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/hailo-taxi-app-to-close-up-shop-in-toronto-and-montreal-1.2798283
Mobile application and e-hailing
The Hailo mobile e-hail application uses mobile and GPS technology to match taxi drivers with passengers based on both availability and proximity. Hailo passengers make two taps on the Hailo smartphone app in order to request and confirm their e-hail. Once a driver has electronically accepted a passenger, the waiting passenger is sent an updated time of arrival based on route information and real-time traffic information.
Customers also have the ability to specify if they require a wheelchair-accessible vehicle or a fixed price fare to designated location such as an airport terminal, where permitted. The Hailo driver app includes social networking features, which allows drivers to alert each other of locations with high street fare demand, traffic conditions, speed traps and road construction obstacles.
In some city locations, taxi drivers can also use Hailo to process credit and debit card payments for street hail fares by manually entering passenger card details when they reach their destination.
Instant trip receipts are sent to passengers by email and contain journey and payment information along with instructions to help retrieve any property lost or forgotten in the taxi.
In February 2013, Black Car Assistance Corporation and Livery Roundtable filed a lawsuit against the taxi and limousine commission to prevent e-hailing companies from expanding to New York City. In April 2013, a judge dismissed the lawsuit and Hailo won the right to begin an e-hail beta trial. The decision was subsequently appealed. After a second temporary restraining order was issued against the pilot program, Hailo became the only taxi-hailing app-maker to join the lawsuit in support of the city.
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