SOURCE: RideCharge, Inc.

RideCharge, Inc.

February 18, 2009 08:30 ET

Chicago Taxis Implement RideCharge for Growing iPhone Populace

Innovative Ground Transportation Technology Helps Travelers in the Windy City

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2009) -


NEWS FACTS

  • RideCharge today announced the release of Taxi Magic for the iPhone and BlackBerry in Chicago, IL, solving the biggest hassle in taxi travel: booking taxis that will actually show up, and not having to carry cash to pay for the taxi.

  • Taxi Magic eliminates the uncertainty of knowing whether your taxi will show up by providing real-time updates that the car is on the way, what the car number is, and when it will arrive. The "magic" is that RideCharge connects passengers' smartphones directly to taxi companies' dispatch and cashiering systems, letting passengers book a taxi instantly with leading Chicago taxi fleets, such as 303 Taxi and Flash Cab, which represent 70 percent of all dispatched cabs across the Windy City and operate over 1,400 taxis citywide.

  • Flash Cab and 303 Taxi are also using RideCharge to power their own Websites, enabling their passengers to make instant reservations online and track when their car will come -- ensuring prompt pickup and that no orders are lost. This is a major advancement for the nation's second largest ground transportation market -- Chicago.

  • With RideCharge, Chicago passengers can use their mobile phone to pay the metered fare and tip quickly at the end of the ride, charging a credit card securely stored online, rather than having to hand over cash or a credit card to a driver. Passengers will also automatically receive an electronic receipt by e-mail, making it easy to track expenses.

  • BlackBerry users can get Taxi Magic by sending an e-mail from their BlackBerry to get@ridecharge.com. iPhone users can download the Taxi Magic application from iTunes, and anyone can book a taxi online at RideCharge.com.

QUOTES

  • "RideCharge connects passengers with taxis in a completely new way. They connect directly to our computer booking and dispatch system so passengers can make reservations instantly and reliably from our Website. And, by providing instant alerts to passengers' mobile phones, RideCharge answers the number one question about taxis: 'when will my taxi come?' We are very excited to be using RideCharge technology to power our Website booking, and are excited about their mobile applications like Taxi Magic for iPhone and BlackBerry to significantly expand the number of online bookings we handle each day."
    -- Anre Nisenboim, Flash Cab and 303 Taxi

  • "I love RideCharge! It can be so frustrating when you call a cab and you have no idea when it will actually show up. With RideCharge, I can track my cab as it's on its way with text message updates regarding its location. Now I never have to worry about scrambling to get ready or waiting around for them to arrive. What's even more convenient is that I no longer have to fumble through my wallet for cash at the end of the ride. With RideCharge I just have to hit a button on my mobile phone and I'm on my way."
    -- Ross McLean, RideCharge User

  • "RideCharge has made it easy to pay for taxis in Chicago with a credit card. Never again will you find yourself in the 'cash or credit' argument -- simply use RideCharge and know that with a few easy clicks you'll have paid your fare, received your e-receipt and be on your way."
    -- Aaron Gerding, RideCharge User

  • "As a consultant I travel every week and got tired of always having to call the cab company on Sundays to book a ride. Now with RideCharge I can book four weeks in advance and can be assured that my cab will be waiting for me each Monday morning."
    -- Michael Carney, RideCharge User

About RideCharge

RideCharge's Direct Connect Taxi booking and expense management engine has revolutionized how people book and pay for taxi service nationwide. Available in more than 30 major U.S. cities, RideCharge allows passengers to instantly book taxi rides at the touch of a button, track their trips, and securely charge their rides to a credit card. RideCharge for Business enterprise solutions help streamline corporate ground transportation costs. More information about RideCharge is available at http://www.ridecharge.com

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