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    What if you pulled up your app, requested a ride, and a taxi pulled up? With recent partnerships by Uber, this could become a reality! In this episode, I chat with the President of Flywheel Technologies Hansu Kim about all things taxis. We’ll cover Flywheel, taxi technology and the Flywheel/Uber partnership.

    Intro to Hansu Kim

    • President of Flywheel Technologies
    • Purchased DeSoto Cab – known for its iconic color scheme
    • Re-branded to Flywheel
    • Many fleets now use Flywheel’s tech

    Perception of Taxis and How It’s Changing

    • For a while, taxis had a bad reputation
    • Not reliable
    • That pendulum has swung back in favor of taxis
    • Now there aren’t enough taxis in some cities!

    Differences Between Rideshare and Taxis

    • Some people feel safer in taxis vs rideshare
    • More vetting
    • Public perception differences
    • Some rideshare drivers are doing both – driving taxi and rideshare!

    Flywheel and Uber

    • Strategic partnership
    • Still a taxi ride! With taxi rules and regulations
    • Partnership makes a lot of sense!
    • Vast majority of drivers are looking forward to this partnership – more business

    What’s Next?

    • Taxi technology development – it’s more complicated than it looks!
    • Can’t use subpar tech at this point
    • Lead gen
    • Insurance costs

    Show Notes

    RSG033: Hansu Kim On Why Flywheel Is Leading Taxis Into The Future

    RSG089: Jay Cradeur on What It’s Like to Drive a Taxi!

    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.