Ridesharing giant says it is planning to expand cab collaboration into other markets
Uber has announced a new partnership in New York City that will let its users hail taxis through the rideshare provider’s app and let drivers of traditional taxis accept rides from Uber customers.
The partnership integrates Uber’s platform with two apps traditional taxi drivers have adopted: Arro, operated by Creative Mobile Technologies, and Curb. Both let users hail licensed taxis directly from their phones.
Fares will be roughly the same for taxi rides as for Uber X rides, and cabbies will be paid on the same scale as Uber drivers when they accept rides through the app. The feature will be available to a limited number of New Yorkers starting this spring before a full rollout over the summer.
Uber hopes to expand the collaboration beyond the New York area soon, according to Guy Peterson, Uber’s director of business development. The move could potentially tap into a massive new fleet of drivers nationwide, he said.