TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwired - Jun 10, 2013) - Universal TranWare™, the Trusted Taxi Solutions Company™ for fleets and taxi riders, today announced the multi-city launch of NexTaxi™ for Android, an on-demand mobile app that lets riders instantly request a legitimate taxi with an on-duty driver directly from their smartphone and track its arrival.
NexTaxi's technology connects riders' requests directly to taxi fleets' dispatch systems, sending them a nearby for-hire cab. This method provides more control and a safer, more reliable experience than typical taxi apps -- at no additional cost to the rider. NexTaxi is currently active in nearly 50 cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada, including parts of Washington D.C., Chicago, IL; and New York, NY; and throughout Orlando, FL; Lincoln, NE; Augusta, GA and Peoria, IL.
The app gives riders a convenient on-demand connection to more than 10,000 taxis via its rapidly expanding alliance of fleets. The NexTaxi app for Android devices is now available free-of-charge on Google Play.
With NexTaxi, riders can order their taxi on-demand in as few as two taps. They are charged only the standard metered-fare rate. There are no up-charges, user fees or forced gratuities when using the NexTaxi mobile app. As soon as a fleet assigns a nearby car to the rider's request, the user can visually track the GPS location of their taxi and see car, driver and ETA details directly from their smartphone. Meanwhile users can enjoy the comfort of their home or finish their business meeting while they conveniently monitor their car's approach -- no more waiting by the door, wondering.
"The taxi ecosystem has evolved into the complex and well managed infrastructure we rely on today for good reason. While NexTaxi elevates the rider experience to a new level, it also works within a system that exists to monitor the quality of cars, drivers and fleets, and to protect the safety and wallets of riders," said Steven Juliver, CEO, Universal TranWare. "Unlike the typical rogue mobile apps on the market today that circumvent fleets, dispatchers and myriad regulatory safeguards, our focus is to significantly improve the taxi travel experience by partnering with fleets to offer riders a nationwide network of respected, established operators. Since the NexTaxi app natively integrates with the existing infrastructure, riders can rest assured that they are protected by all the industry's consumer safeguards. Universal TranWare has leveraged our 20 year track record of developing and deploying advanced taxi fleet solutions and our strong foundation in mobile technology and secure payment solutions to do this right. We developed NexTaxi with the best interests of riders, fleets, drivers and regulators in mind. We're raising the bar in the on-demand rider market."
Beyond requesting a ride and conveniently monitoring your car's location, NexTaxi includes a suite of passenger-friendly features to enhance and simplify taxi travel. In addition to paying a fare using cash, NexTaxi users can pay securely, in-app, using their business or personal credit cards, and get a detailed email receipt -- without ever touching their wallet. Other convenience features include fast address entry by point-of-interest lookup, from an existing contact, or using GPS-based 'Find me!', the ability to store favorite locations and routes and to reverse trip ends. The "No!.. Wait!.. Stop!" function recalls the taxi and removes the panic of realizing a personal item didn't leave the vehicle with you.
About Universal TranWare:
Founded in 1994, Universal TranWare is an early pioneer and one of the world's leading providers of advanced fleet management, digital dispatching and mobile payment solutions for taxi and black car fleets across the U.S. and Canada. More than 10,000 vehicles in nearly 100 markets rely on our fleet management technologies and constant innovation to streamline operations and drive efficiencies and growth while enhancing rider satisfaction. Unlike rogue taxi hailing apps, that bypass fleets and prey on loopholes in legislation, the NexTaxi™ app for Android™ devices is absolutely free of charge and is fully integrated with Universal TranWare's fleet customers' operations. This model gives riders peace-of-mind and fast, free and secure access to quality vehicles with legitimate on-duty drivers across the country, while empowering them to locate, track and pay for their rides with ease. To learn more visit www.tranware.com. Follow NexTaxi on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NexTaxiApp and Like Us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nextaxi.
Note to Editors: NexTaxi is currently available with select fleets in greater Washington D.C., suburban Chicago, IL, and parts of New York, NY. Please reference the NexTaxi map for a list of cities and towns and NexTaxi ride zones.