Hailo a taxi through Google Maps on your smartphone

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Android and iOS users will be able to order as well as get prices on routes for their Hailo within Google Maps

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Android and iOS users in Ireland will be able to book Hailo taxis through the Google Maps app from today (9 August).

Google Maps users in Ireland will be able to order a Hailo through the Ride Services Tab, which is positioned alongside the existing ‘walking’, ‘car’, ‘bike’ and ‘transit’ options in the Google Maps user interface.

The new ordering function will allow users of Google Maps on iOS and Android devices to see the estimated availability, price, and travel time to the destination they have requested directions for in Google Maps.

‘The addition of Hailo to Google Maps in Ireland recognises the key role licensed taxis play as part of Ireland’s transport infrastructure’
– TIM ARNOLD, HAILO

“Hailo carries 45,000 passengers every day in Ireland, offering customers a convenient, safe and accessible way to order a licensed taxi,” explained Tim Arnold, general manager of Hailo in Ireland.

It recently emerged that Hailo has sold 60pc of its stock to car giant Daimler and will rebrand to become MyTaxi.

Hail a Hailo

Now you can order a Hailo directly from Google Maps on your smartphone

“The addition of the Hailo ordering function to Google Maps is a great way to make the Hailo customer journey even more convenient,” said Arnold.

Hailo is a Google Global Ride Service Partner, and the Hailo ordering function has been available to customers in the UK and Spain since March.

“Google Maps helps millions of people navigate their way around the world,” Arnold added.

“The addition of Hailo to Google Maps in Ireland recognises the key role licensed taxis play as part of Ireland’s transport infrastructure.”

Hailo-branded taxi at Dublin Pride parade image by William Murphy via Flickr/Creative Commons

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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