09/15/2015 02:11 EDT | Updated 09/15/2016 05:12 EDT

Vancouver Taxi Companies Launch eCab App In Response To Uber

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 01: In this photo illustration, the new smart phone app 'Uber' logo is displayed on a mobile phone next to a taxi on July 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Taxi drivers in main cities strike over unlicensed car-halling services. Drivers say that is a lack of regulation behind the new app. (Photo Illustration by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Vancouver four main cab companies are going mobile on Wednesday with an app that allows smartphone users to hail a ride with their phones.

The eCab app is available for download already, but will officially start working in Vancouver on Wednesday with Black Top Checker Cabs, MacLures Cabs, Vancouver Taxi and Yellow Cab.

The app, which is being launched after the taxi industry fought off Uber's plan's to launch in Vancouver last year, was a year in the making, according to Carolyn Bauer with Vancouver Taxi Association.

"What we needed to do was find an app that could integrate all four companies together as one dispatch," said Bauer.

The app, which is already used in ten cities in Europe, will launch in other Canadian cities in the coming months, according to Bauer.

Much like Uber, the eCab app allows users to pre-book a cab, track it in real time, pay with their phone, and rate their driver. It is Apple and Android compatible.

Last November the four taxi companies launched a lawsuit to prevent Uber from launching its mobile car service in the city, but the lawsuit was dropped after Uber shelved its plans in the face of objections from city hall.

Uber's smart phone app allows non-regulated drivers to pick up fares in their own personal vehicles, and already operates in more than 200 cities worldwide.


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