The big Irish taxi app switch gets underway from today...
Hailo customers will be booking their lifts from MyTaxi from today, as the merger between the taxi app and Europe's largest e-hailing company starts to take effect.
Hailo will guide you through a set instructions to transfer your account to the MyTaxi app, giving you access to 10,000 drivers in Ireland, as well as e-hailing services in over 50 cities across nine (soon to be 10) European countries.
While Hailo taxi drivers have already been migrating over to MyTaxi for several weeks, passengers will still be able to use the Hailo app for a few months to give them time to change over to the new MyTaxi service. MyTaxi will service passengers nationwide and is now available for free download on Google Play and the App Store by non-Hailo users.
MyTaxi CEO Andrew Pinnington said:
“Our team in Ireland has built a strong trustworthy service, with a reliable taxi fleet and we are now really looking forward to building on this to bring the simplicity and convenience of MyTaxi’s market-leading offering to even more taxi users across Ireland.
“The MyTaxi focus is on combining knowledge of what our customers need with real-time data to help our passengers move freely within the cities we service. We look to work in harmony with our drivers, and the cities and countries in which we operate to facilitate better movement in challenging and congested urban environments."
Taxi driver Robert Walsh in front of the Pepper Canister Church in Dublin.
Tim Arnold, head of Hailo’s Irish operations and now MyTaxi ’s General Manager in Ireland, said:
“Our merger with MyTaxi means existing Hailo customers can now avail of not only the largest taxi fleet in Ireland, but the largest taxi fleet in Europe, from the same reliable team and drivers that have been giving them great service over recent years.”
“We have been working hard over recent months to smooth the migration of Hailo’s pre-existing driver and passenger base over to the new MyTaxi app."
The merger between MyTaxi and Hailo created Europe’s largest taxi e-hailing company. MyTaxi, a subsidiary of Daimler, is accelerating the international expansion of its taxi booking app across the continent and, with around 300 employees, it now operates in Germany, Austria, Poland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the UK and Sweden, with plans afoot to grow its offering in Ireland and soon to launch in Greece following the recent acquisition of Taxibeat.