Paying your fare at the conclusion of a taxi ride is probably the most arduous part of an otherwise pleasant process. Uber and Toronto’s now-defunct version of Hailo both offer credit card in-app payment so that a customer could simply get out of the taxi (watch for cyclists) and receive a receipt via email for the cost of their ride.
Now, Beck Taxi is taking a page from their tech-savvy rivals by integrating its app with PayPal and offering easy credit card or debit-based payment. Just step out of the taxi and get your receipt by email.
This is welcome news for business people, who might have a hard time keeping track of receipts for reimbursement while shuttling around the city for meetings.
From the Beck/PayPal press release:
Canada’s largest, family-owned and award winning taxi brokerage Beck Taxi, announced today the launch of their innovative custom end-to-end digital dispatch system. The new Beck system includes a mobile customer application that offers in-app payment in collaboration with PayPal for the first time ever inCanada. Built for both iOS and Android platforms and accessible for Blackberry 10 users, the new customer app allows commuters to ride with Beck, wallet and hassle-free. With outstanding benefits to the consumer and many new features, the mobile apps allows people to get to their destination sooner, while helping to reduce traffic congestion and taxi idling in the city.
Beck Taxi’s partnership with PayPal allows Torontonians to pay directly with their mobile device through their PayPal account without waiting for paper receipts or processing payments through a terminal. Mobile payments with PayPal are safe and secure and provide drivers and riders freedom from extra fees associated with debit cards. Additionally, commuters can pay via their credit card directly through the app and receive email receipts for both PayPal and credit card transactions.
“Minutes are everything to Torontonians, and we are committed to continuing to provide transportation solutions that support our city’s commuters and get people where they need to go faster, said Kristine Hubbard, Operations Manager at Beck Taxi. “This update offers customers the ability to pay in-app and view wait times, all while providing riders with a quieter trip by cutting down on some of the radio chatter, which we know Beck customers will appreciate.”
“At PayPal, we are in the driver’s seat for mobile payment innovation in Canada,” said Alexander Peh, Head of Mobile and Market Development at PayPal Canada. “We believe that people will use their mobile phones to pay if there’s a clear benefit. We’re delighted to team up with Beck Taxi to make it easy for Torontonians to book and pay for cab rides from their phones so they can enjoy a smooth commute and get to their destination faster.”