Uber this week signed with San Francisco taxi operators Yellow Cab SF and Flywheel Technologies to add taxicabs to its app, the company confirmed.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news this week. The news comes about two weeks after Uber made a similar arrangement with New York City taxis. The San Francisco cabs will begin to show up in the app in the coming months, according to Uber.
"We're excited to partner with taxi software company Flywheel and Yellow Cab SF as we continue to update our taxi offerings through the country," Uber VP of mobility for the U.S. and Canada Dennis Cinelli said in a statement. "San Francisco taxi drivers will have more access to demand, and cities will get fewer empty miles driven, which is a win for drivers, riders and the cities we serve."
The deal with Flywheel is for the company's drivers nationwide, Flywheel announced. The integration will launch in San Francisco and be rolled out in additional cities in the coming months. Flywheel has about 30,000 taxicabs and 50,000 drivers across 53 cities in the United States and Canada, according to the company.
The integration will "bring new lucrative opportunities to drivers, assist in the development of cutting edge rideshare technology and provide more transportation options for passengers nationwide," according to Flywheel.
With Uber's existing partnership with Creative Mobile Technologies, the deal with Yellow Cab SF and Flywheel eventually will make up to 100 percent of San Francisco's 1,075 taxis available on the Uber platform, according to the company.
Taxi earnings through the app will be calculated the same as for UberX drivers, which is determined by a base fare plus on-trip time and distance, according to Uber. Riders will pay the same as for an UberX ride. As with the New York deal, San Francisco taxi drivers will know in advance which rides come from Uber, how much they would be paid, and have the option to accept or reject the request.
Depending on the deployment timing of the San Francisco offerings, drivers will be eligible for the fuel surcharge Uber announced last month, which provides a temporary 45- or 55-cent per-trip surcharge, according to the company.
In a February investor day presentation, Uber noted that it wanted to get "every taxi" listed on Uber by 2025. At that time, Uber Taxi was live in 27 countries and in 2021 added 122,000 new taxi drivers, a four-times year-over-year increase, according to the company.
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