CHICAGO, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Local taxi, limo and luxury car companies have been quick to embrace the Windy City's newest ride service company - asterRIDE. More than a dozen city-permitted transportation companies have already contracted with asterRIDE, a national ride-hailing app that offers its passengers a safe, dependable and legal riding experience.
The smartphone app functions like Uber and Lyft, but rather than having its own fleet of drivers, it works with well-established, transportation companies like Windy City Limo, allowing consumers to secure a taxi, limo or black car in a short amount of time.
"AsterRIDE is the passenger's best and safest option for securing a ride via ride hailing," said George Jacobs, Windy City Limo's owner and president. "It's convenient, reliable and it operates within the city's regulations."
While following local and national standards of the taxi and black car industry, asterRIDE also shields consumers from price surging during peak times and holidays. Officials with National Black Car Service believe asterRIDE will be an immediate hit in Chicago, a city with a metropolitan population of nearly 10 million people.
"AsterRIDE goes above and beyond to make sure the chauffeurs and taxi drivers are legally permitted, background checked and insured to protect the passenger's well-being," said Ted Maleki, owner of National Black Car Service.
The latest addition to asterRIDE's national app is instaALERT™, a safety feature that acts like a rider's guardian angel. instaALERT updates friends, family and co-workers on your ride progression and notifies designated individuals if something goes awry during your journey.
"Passenger safety has become a controversial topic for ride-sharing companies throughout the nation and in the Chicago area," said Seth Rudin, CEO of asterRIDE. "We wanted to make it safer for passengers, especially women, children and single riders. Our goal is to instill confidence in our service and a peace of mind."
Some other key features of asterRIDE:
- Remembers settings and past bookings, option to save favorites, make search recommendations with Yelp ratings and more
- Make reservations in advance with Advance Booking Feature
- Single tap booking
- No cash needed. Electronic receipts provided.
- Receive notifications about the status of the bookings (text, email and in app)
- Track your driver from the time the driver is on his/her way to the end of the ride.
Also available in Phoenix, Orlando and Seattle, asterRIDE will be coming soon to Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York City, Miami, Atlanta and San Francisco. Available on iTunes and Google Play Store, asterRIDE works on both smartphones and tablets.
asterRIDE revives the romantic notion of the local cab or ride service and adds true one-touch convenience with our patent pending technology. asterRIDE unites passengers with taxis and black cars in a simple easy to use app designed by everyday passengers for its riders. asterRIDE offers individual fares, group rides and corporate programs. asterRIDE provides true peace of mind. Our drivers are vetted, permitted and commercially insured so you can ride in confidence.
For more information, visit www.asterride.com
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