Ride-sharing giant announces plans to expand taxi collaboration to other markets
Uber has announced a new partnership in New York that will allow its users to hail taxis through the ride-sharing provider’s app and traditional taxi drivers to accept rides from Uber customers.
The partnership integrates Uber’s platform with two apps that traditional taxi drivers have adopted: Arro, operated by Creative Mobile Technologies, and Curb. Both allow users to hail licensed taxis directly from their phone.
Fares will be roughly the same for taxi rides as for Uber X rides, and taxi drivers will be paid on the same scale as Uber drivers when accepting 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.
The news falls like Uber for Business Q4 2021 Earnings Report showed an increase in business travel, with the category up 23% compared to the same period last year. Uber for Business, which covers mobility and delivery services, saw gross bookings for the period that beat the previous record set in 2019.