- No surge pricing
- Mobile app
Flywheel has all the benefits of a traditional taxicab-thorough background checks for drivers, proper driver certification, and a fleet of taxis all over serviced areas at users' beck and call. As a company, it has assimilated many taxi companies and updated them for riders' convenience. Because of this, Flywheel has one of the fastest wait times among similar companies.
Flywheel rides are priced like a normal taxi in your city. While many car-ride applications have surge hours and pricing, Flywheel operates at steady rates, for a "fair fare" at all times. On average, to go 5 miles from the airport, it will cost you anywhere from $22.78 to $55.64 depending on traffic. Flywheel estimates you will pay $28.90 for this trip. This money comes from the following:
- An initial fare of $3.50
- Time and distance fare of $19.58
- Flywheel fee of $1.00
- Tip of $4.82
A $5 cancellation fee is charged if you cancel within two minutes of pick-up and easy tipping is available through the application.
Unlike traditional taxicab companies, all transactions are done through the Flywheel app, including requesting a ride, paying for a ride, and rating the experience. In addition, Flywheel does not participate in "surge pricing" (charging more for busier times of the day). So basically, Flywheel takes the professional part of taxis and the convenient part of peer-to-peer ride-sharing and brings them together.
Flywheel works with taxi companies, not against them, providing a fleet of professionally licensed drivers who adhere to the legal regulations in your area. Getting a Flywheel driver and car is basically the same as getting a normal taxi, but with the convenience of a mobile application to order your ride, keep track of your driver, and pay easily.
Flywheel's app makes taxi usability faster and more convenient. After downloading the application, users can select their preferred pick-up location on a map by using their phone's GPS or manually typing the desired address, then selecting "Request Ride." Soon after, the selected driver's information and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) will appear at the top of the screen. All payment is done through the application, making Flywheel a seamless experience.