Three North American Companies Join Network that Promotes Global ‘Roaming’ of Transportation Apps

Published on : Wednesday, June 3, 2015

skyscanner-hotel-appThree companies have become the first North American apps to join a growing network that makes global “roaming” of transportation apps a reality.

American transportation app companies MTData and IT Curves, as well as Canadian company TaxiHail, have joined the Global Taxi Network,a worldwide consortium of transportation apps that now boasts more than 250,000 taxis worldwide on four continents.

Formed by the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the Global Taxi Network is doing for passenger transportation apps what global roaming did for cell phone services. Instead of having to use one app for, say, the US and one for Great Britain, apps in the network are in the process of configuring to communicate with one another. The IRU’s goal of the network is to provide legal, reliable, high-quality and safe services to taxi customers.

“For customers, this means that their preferred taxi app from the US, for example, will soon work seamlessly in Europe,” said Mike Fogarty, President of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association, a trade association that works with the IRU to evaluate North American apps that wish to apply to the GTN. “It ultimately means more customer choice, gives them much larger geographic coverage, and provides a commitment to safety and quality by using properly licensed drivers and insured vehicles.”

Hubert Andela, President of the IRU Taxi Group, welcomed the new members this week, saying: “Our ambition is not just to be present in over 500 cities, but to cover the world, and these new partners bring this ambition closer to reality.”

Statements from the three companies that have joined the Global Taxi Network are below following “About TLPA.”

About TLPA:

Established in 1917, the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) is a non-profit trade association of and for the private passenger transportation industry. Its extensive membership spans the globe to include 1,100 taxicab companies, executive sedan and limousine services, airport shuttle fleets, non-emergency medical transportation companies, and paratransit services. For more information, please visit www.tlpa.org.

Statements from Companies Joining the GTN:

MTData, based in Colorado, Texas, and Canada

“MTData is proud and excited to become a partner of the Global Taxi Network as our goals are strongly aligned with their objectives of having safe, reliable and legal ground transportation for the public. Our solutions are designed to enhance the safety of both passengers and drivers, whilst ensuring a reliable and quality service is delivered efficiently and professionally.

“We are driven by the value we provide across the taxi industry and pride ourselves on quality products, excellent service and satisfied customers. Our evolving technology is built on the latest platforms ensuring our taxi service providers be the best in their respective market.

“Being a partner in the Global Taxi Network means MTData will keep working to provide world class booking apps, dispatch systems and fleet management solutions that will serve taxi service providers and the riding public now and into the future.”

— Floyd Kaminski, General Manager – Americas

TaxiHail, based in Ontario, Canada

“TaxiHail is committed to the quality standards put forth by the IRU Global Taxi Network (GTN). We are firm believers that the fully licensed/regulated for-hire providers have delivered service to communities for decades and the new ‘app’ approach to fulfilling passenger requests will be complementary for these full service companies. By giving passengers a choice of phone, Web sites, and now apps on smart phones, these for-hire companies can cater to all passengers.”

—Kevin French, President of TaxiHail, Inc

IT Curves (the “MARS” app), based in Maryland

“We applaud the initiative by the TLPA and Global Taxi Network to evaluate and certify a number of booking apps at these critical times. The MARS booking app is a unique and innovative solution that unifies small and large fleets to seamlessly provide their services using a universal roaming app. MARS can be branded by cities and fleets, maintaining their own marketplace branding and ownership of customer data.

We set our sights and succeeded in leapfrogging TNC technology with our extremely powerful and feature rich app, enabling the industry to compete and win back their market share from TNCs. Complying with regulatory requirement, attracting riders to fleets via powerful promotional tools, selecting accessible vehicles, tracking the vehicles on map, paying by in-app credit card or in-vehicle, are only some of the app’s highlights. MARS provides a simple and open interface for integration with fleets’ current dispatch systems. Our ultimate goal and commitment is to cooperate with all vendors and stakeholders to strengthen and revitalize the passenger transportation industry.”

—Matthew Mohebbi, founder and CEO of IT Curves

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