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Hail a taxicab through smartphone app? DC hearing takes look into possible service

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The way you hail a cab in the future could be changing in D.C. Instead of standing on the street corner and putting up your hand, you may be able to call for a cab on your smartphone.

If you want to pay extra for the transportation service, a company called Uber is already providing the service. Some taxicab drivers have complained that Uber is taking customers away because it has an unfair advantage. Uber does charge more for its services, but its drivers are not allowed to pick up customers who try to flag them down on the street.

A special hearing to look into the vehicle-for-hire industry was conducted on Monday. The CEO of a company named Hailo cab talked about the electronic hailing service already offered in London and Dublin. The Hailo service is used by only licensed taxicab drivers. It allows customers to use their phones to summon a taxi through a special app on the customer's smartphone.


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