- Safe and reliable
Hailo, which was originally founded by three taxi drivers and three technological tycoons, offers a safe outlet for transportation to clients; it is also a reliable source of income for the drivers. The process for becoming a driver requires documentation and a headshot, making it safe for customers looking to safely arrive at their destinations. It offers services that differ from its competitors, which has its advantages, but the app has its glitches and faults as well, which is clear from its inability to reach success in America.
Given that this app was founded partially by taxi drivers, there is a process for becoming a Hailo driver. Although the app has the ability to collect user information, it is confidential and generally not shared with third parties.
An international venture capital firm, Accel Partners, also known as 'Accel', funded Groupon, Kayak and Facebook, the infamous social media platform. That same company, along with several others, funded Hailo, adding to its appeal, making it credible and targeting a large range of clients.
Because of all of the funding, this app was able to establish a new standard of transportation. In addition, one of the true advantages that this app offers is that it is available not only on smart phones, but on desktops as well. This cannot be said for most of its competitors.
Like Uber, one must download the app, create an account and enter credit card information. Once the app setup is complete, you're able to see which taxi drivers are nearby and decide which one you want to hail.
You are also able to pick which service you want to use:
Depending on which service is chosen, the prices will differ, ranging from basic to most exclusive. Once the service has been selected, clients are shown the estimated arrival time of the service. Unlike Uber, however, there is no tip included in the price, allowing customers to set their own percentage. Customers are expected to rate their drivers afterward, in order for Hailo to keep improving and offering reliable services.
Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm, there is no minimum fare that must be paid, which is great news for those looking to travel short distances.
Oh, and for the best part-the part that makes it stand out from its competition...
At the end of 2014, the app came out with a pre-booking feature. So if you're going out for a night on the town and are afraid of having to wait for a cab at the end of the night, fear not. Cabs won't run out nor have you waiting, because you've previously determined for a cab to arrive within a certain time frame. Given that there are more successful apps that are similar, such as Uber and Lyft, it is safe to say that this is possibly the biggest perk to Hailo, making it stand out.