VeriFone Way2ride: Taxi Payments, Rethought - InformationWeek
11:57 AM

VeriFone Way2ride: Taxi Payments, Rethought

VeriFone's new app lets New Yorkers pay for taxis without using cash or credit cards.

10 Must-Try Travel Apps
10 Must-Try Travel Apps
(click image for larger view)
VeriFone Thursday debuted Way2ride, a new application for Android and iOS smartphones that can be used to pay for taxi rides in New York City. The app will eventually be available to make payments in other cities, as well as to hail taxis.

Passengers open the app when they get into a taxi and press the "I'm in a taxi" button on the screen. The passenger then holds their phone up to the TaxiTV screen (installed in most NYC cabs). The application uses technology from Zoosh, which uses the speakers and microphones of smartphones to securely exchange encrypted data between devices. After listening to the TaxiTV for several seconds, the phone will beep or vibrate to let the passenger know that they've been successfully checked into the ride. The user's preferences will then be displayed on the TaxiTV screen for a few seconds to verify the check-in. NFC is not required.

According to VeriFone, the app lets users preload their payment information with credit card data and preferences such as how much to tip drivers. The app stores receipts digitally, which can be accessed online at any time for expense reports.

[ Before you hail that cab, make sure you know exactly where you're going. See Google Maps Updated: 10 Cool Features. ]

When the ride is over, the bill is generated and paid for automatically by VeriFone's Way2ride application. No need to fumble for a wallet or wait for a receipt from the driver; users can simply exit the taxi once they've reached their destination.

"Way2ride makes every taxi ride better, whether you hail by hand or with an app," said Amos Tamam, senior vice president of Taxi Systems for VeriFone. "An app that provides this convenience in every taxi in New York City, including the new for-hire vehicles in upper Manhattan and the boroughs, will be a real benefit to passengers and drivers alike."

The app can be used to make payments whether the taxi is hailed by hand or through another application. Though the program is launching in New York, VeriFone plans to expand it to more than 70,000 payment-enabled taxis around the globe. VeriFone didn't say which other U.S. cities might support the service, nor did it provide a timeframe for the deployment.

In addition to the new application, VeriFone is making the Way2ride mobile payment platform available to other developers through APIs. It hopes companies that develop taxi-hailing apps will incorporate Way2ride into their own services to make the hailing and paying experience possible from a single application. So far, however, none of the existing taxi-hailing apps have openly voiced support for VeriFone's Way2ride technology.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Apprentice
1/13/2014 | 3:08:39 PM
no way im doing this one.  with everything being hacked nowadays i just pay cash.
User Rank: Apprentice
8/15/2013 | 8:39:24 PM
re: VeriFone Way2ride: Taxi Payments, Rethought
Will be interesting to see if this gets extended to other products/services not just taxis.
2018 State of the Cloud
2018 State of the Cloud
Cloud adoption is growing, but how are organizations taking advantage of it? Interop ITX and InformationWeek surveyed technology decision-makers to find out, read this report to discover what they had to say!
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Cybersecurity Strategies for the Digital Era
At its core, digital business relies on strong security practices. In addition, leveraging security intelligence and integrating security with operations and developer teams can help organizations push the boundaries of innovation.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll