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DC Taxis “eliminating outdated traditional meters” by August 31


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Ed. Note: I’m told you’ll still be able to use cash or credit card if you prefer.

From a press release:

“In the latest move to bring innovation to the taxi industry and riders of Washington, DC, The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has announced new digital meter solutions within taxis with payments powered by Square. Square’s technology will support the shift to an all-digital platform on a smartphone or tablet, eliminating outdated traditional meters, streamlining the taxi experience and ensuring equitable rates for consumers and drivers.

Washington, DC will be the first major U.S. city to transition to a digital platform setting an example for how the industry can transform in the evolving digital economy. The new digital meters will allow dynamic pricing for passengers hailing taxis from the street, as well as a number of other customer-friendly features such as estimated fare calculations, GPS route tracking and electronic receipts.

“With the move to an all-digital platform from the legacy taximeter and Square’s payment technology, we’ll be able to provide better service for both our customers and drivers who deserve fair rates and the advanced features they have come to expect in our new digital environment,” said DFHV Director Ernest Chrappah.

Square makes it easy for drivers and riders. Drivers will be invited to download one of the approved meter apps by the DFHV. Riders can use whatever payment they wish and simply swipe, dip, or tap at the end of their ride. For tipping, riders can then choose a preset or custom tip and will be sent an electronic receipt via email or text after their ride.

“We’re excited to work with the DFHV to bring new technology to D.C. taxis, providing a better payment experience for drivers and riders alike,” said Carl Perry, Square’s Developer Lead. “Square makes it easy for drivers by offering digital receipts, tipping options, and the ability to accept any form of payment so they never miss a sale.”

All taxi drivers must move to the new digital platform by August 31, 2017, as mandated by the DFHV. Multiple meter apps are expected to be available for use by the drivers. As part of this exciting digital transition of the taxi industry, developers will be able to continue to innovate, allowing for more services and features to be delivered in the future.”

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