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Britain's Hailo launches taxi-hailing smartphone app in Japan


Britain's Hailo Network Holdings Ltd. has started providing its smartphone application to hail a taxi in Osaka city, marking its entry into the Japanese market.

The app -- offered in London, Chicago and 10 other cities in Europe and North America -- is designed to dispatch a taxi nearby to the location designated on the smartphone map.

Approximate waiting time as well as the taxi's arrival will be notified.

Taxi operators pay commissions to Hailo but stand to benefit from a potential cost reduction by eliminating dispatchers.

Hailo is planning to move into the Tokyo metropolitan area.