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Hailo lets you pay for a hailed cab without cash

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In a hurry but you're short of cash? Not to worry. Now if you hail a Hailo cab in the street, you can still pay for it without needing notes and coins.

Before, you could only pay through the app if you'd hailed the cab through it. But no longer, thanks to Pay with Hailo.

It's not all good news, however. The cab must be a Hailo one, and you will incur a 50p charge.

Just like when you book through the app, you'll receive an electronic receipt.

Hailo has also launched another new feature called Hailo Hub. This lets hotels, bars and other venues book multiple rides for guests with different pick-up and drop-off points. The passenger will get a text when the cab is pulling up. Again, you won't need cash as you can pay through the app.

Hailo has been locked in a battle for the roads with arch rival Uber. When it launched in 2011, Hailo only offered licensed taxis, but, in a bid to claw back some ground, has since started working with private hire cars too. Uber has gone the other way, and recently added licensed taxis to its fleet alongside the private hire vehicles.

Both companies have had a bit of a bumpy ride. Hailo pulled out of North America this month, while Uber was banned in Germany recently, though that ruling was since overturned. Uber also launched a mid-range service this month, that sits between its standard service and the high-end UberBlack.

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