Flywheel

Whomever you run into in the Marina, you can bet they’ve got their priorities straight. (Cindy Chew/2008 S.F. Examiner)

Fear and loathing in the Marina

"Do you know the AMC on Van Ness?” asks the girl who…

 

Unlike Uber and Lyft, driving a taxi requires quick thinking, a sharp wit and cat-like reflexes. (Courtesy photo)

Take this app and shove it

Back in my Uber days, passengers regularly asked me if I liked…

 

San Francisco is promoting instability by allowing its flawed “S” medallion program to continue. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco’s medallion program and the damage done

I reported to work on April 1 to find that my assigned…

 

Despite their expected resistance, even taxi drivers use ride-hail apps from time to time. (Courtesy photo)

One app to rule them all

Every other Thursday, before I start my shift at National, I head…

Despite their expected resistance, even taxi drivers use ride-hail apps from time to time. (Courtesy photo)
The SFMTA has granted Flywheel permission to use an app, smartphone and credit card reader in 50 cabs in San Francisco. (Courtesy Flywheel)

Taxis launch Uber-like dashboard app ‘TaxiOS’

Soon taxi drivers will throw out old-style taxi meters, and usher in…

The SFMTA has granted Flywheel permission to use an app, smartphone and credit card reader in 50 cabs in San Francisco. (Courtesy Flywheel)
The SFMTA has granted Flywheel permission to use an app, smartphone and credit card reader in 50 cabs in San Francisco. (Courtesy Flywheel)

Taxis may soon ditch old meters for smartphones

Taxis may soon throw their old meters and walkie-talkies into the trash…

The SFMTA has granted Flywheel permission to use an app, smartphone and credit card reader in 50 cabs in San Francisco. (Courtesy Flywheel)
Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerDeSoto’s Sal Albowya

Flywheel to merge real life taxi hails with app technology

Since its inception, taxi-hailing smartphone app Flywheel has had one foot in…

Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerDeSoto’s Sal Albowya
Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerDeSoto’s Sal Albowya

SF cab company goes mobile in hopes of better competing with ride-hail apps

Navy blue, turquoise and white have covered the vehicles of DeSoto Cab…

Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerDeSoto’s Sal Albowya
Gabrielle Lurie/specIal to the s.f. examinerRakesh Mathur brings engineering and financial expertise to his new role as CEO of Flywheel.

Flywheel names new CEO as company plans heavier promotion of cab industry

Flywheel, which allows users to hail taxis with their smartphones, officially announced…

Gabrielle Lurie/specIal to the s.f. examinerRakesh Mathur brings engineering and financial expertise to his new role as CEO of Flywheel.
mike koozmin/s.f. examiner file photoWhile an SFMTA report calculated a 65 percent drop in cab traffic from March 2012 to July 2014

Yellow Cab not embracing hailing app Flywheel

San Francisco taxicabs traditionally have been a disjointed industry, and that continues…

mike koozmin/s.f. examiner file photoWhile an SFMTA report calculated a 65 percent drop in cab traffic from March 2012 to July 2014
A Flywheel taxi gets a new coat of paint. Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner

Flywheel app launches advance taxi booking to airport

The most widely used taxi hailing app in San Francisco launched a…

A Flywheel taxi gets a new coat of paint. Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner
Mike Koozmin/the s.f. examinerLongtime cabdrivers Sai Lee

Muni buses running ads for taxi hailing app Flywheel

This week, some Muni buses started carrying ads with messages asking: "Would…

Mike Koozmin/the s.f. examinerLongtime cabdrivers Sai Lee