Washington, DC Taxis Are Moving to New Digital Meter Apps That Connect with Square

Soon you will see new taxi meter apps around the city powered by Square.

Most taxis are still running outdated, legacy metering hardware that doesn’t integrate with the point of sale or credit card reader. As technology changes the way we pay, taxis have to be able to innovate quickly and keep up with technology shifts.

Today, Washington, DC’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) announced that all the city’s taxis will shift to new apps to replace antiquated payment terminals and legacy metering hardware. We’re proud that Square will be powering the first digital meter apps in DC through our point-of-sale API, enabling any taxi to use Square hardware and give their riders an updated payment experience.

An integrated digital and payment experience in taxis makes fare calculation easier for drivers and provides the rider with a transparent and simple experience. Riders can calculate tips quickly with our Smart Tipping screen, pay with any form of payment they have in their pocket–like phones, chip cards, or cash–and receive digital receipts and deposits as soon as the next business day.

The approximate 8,500 drivers and more than 90 cab companies in DC will make the switch by August 31, 2017. So if you find yourself hailing a cab in Washington in the coming months, look out for new apps and Square readers.