Flywheel Technologies announced a strategic partnership with Uber Technologies that will allow taxi drivers to fulfill Uber trip requests nationwide.
This integration will first launch in San Francisco, and then roll out to subsequent cities in the following months, bringing new opportunities to drivers, assisting in the development of rideshare technology, and providing more transportation options for passengers nationwide.
"The ability to service Uber's best-in-class demand is an incredible opportunity for our drivers, and we are proud to be able to expand their reach as demand for rides increases,'' said Hansu Kim, president of Flywheel. "This partnership establishes a global network of professional drivers and fleets, and brings our cutting edge e-hailing technology and established footprint together with Uber's leading demand for a seamless partnership. We look forward to seeing what this can do for the future of accessibility in cities for all."
This agreement will provide Uber riders access to taxis. Flywheel's 50,000 drivers, in turn, will have the ability to provide service for those requesting rides in the Uber app, in addition to existing taxi ride demand.
This partnership between the two leading companies is set to help drivers recover from losses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the news release.
"We are pleased to be partnering with Flywheel to help support drivers and provide riders in San Francisco with another transportation option," said Guy Peterson, director of Business Development at Uber. "This partnership will give drivers increased flexibility and additional earnings opportunities as the pandemic recovery continues."