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L.A. taxi firm adopts 'e-hail' app to counter ride-share startups

L.A. taxi firm adopts 'e-hail' app to counter ride-share startups

Fighting back against the growing popularity of smartphone-based ride-sharing services, one traditional taxi company in Los Angeles has rolled out an app that makes it easy to summon and pay for a ride. The app, developed by Flywheel Software Inc., a San Francisco startup, has enabled about 300 of the region’s 2,300 official taxis to pick up passengers who request a taxi ride using an Android or Apple mobile device. “We work with legal, safe and reliable taxi fleets,” Flywheel Chief Executive Steve Humphreys said. “That’s our claim to fame.” PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails The Los Angeles taxi industry has labeled ride-sharing apps such...

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