Columbus taxi cabs can now be hailed with this app

Cynthia Bent Findlay

WINIcabs, a location-based taxi dispatch software has launched in Columbus. WINIcabs (When I Need It - Where I Need It) was born in Ireland in 2010 and chose Columbus as its first stateside market. 

WINIcabs offers a one-stop app where users can hail any of Columbus’s traditional taxi fleets where and, yes, when they need a ride. Ride seekers getlicensed, background-checked cab drivers track their rides, book trips days in advance and pay fare through the app or by cash or credit card.

Some cab companies already offer their own app, but WINIcabs links all of Columbus’s traditional cab services under one app. WINIcabs says app users get 20 percent off of regular cab rates. 

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The company also offers specialized services and rates for families, students, hotels and local businesses within Central Ohio. The app is available onboth iOS and Android platforms.

RideGuru currently lists seven ride hailing services in Columbus not including WINIcabs. InDriver, founded in Siberia, also launched in Columbus in the U.S. in August; InDriver allows riders to name their own price for a ride but does not represent licensed cabs.

Curb is another licensed taxi hailing app, but does not currently operate in Columbus. 

Cynthia Bent Findlay is a freelance writer for Columbus CEO.