Shortly after Téo Taxi ceased operations at the end of January, Irish company iCabbi made a bold move – quickly securing the talented development team, and opening a new office in Montréal – all part of their vision to put taxi companies at the centre of mobility.
With close ties to Montréal’s vibrant AI and tech mobility scene, this innovative team won over the city of Montréal with the highly rated Téo Taxi (EV) passenger app – rating 4.8/5 – higher than most well-known ride sharing giants on the App Store and Google Play. The team will now bring their local knowledge and expertise to iCabbi’s global customer base, working on best in class user booking experience, data science and accelerating EV and AI integration in the iCabbi Dispatch solution.
iCabbi Founder and CEO, Gavan Walsh, commented “It was an unmissable opportunity that fit with our strategy. EVs, AI, and data are key to our plans to continue transforming forward-thinking taxi fleets throughout the world. Montréal was also an attractive base to support our expansion into North America, proving itself as a hub for R&D in tech mobility and this team share our vision and ambition. We’ve now got the largest dev team in this space and are in a rapid innovation phase across current and new solutions for our customers.”
Speaking about the deal at the new iCabbi office in Montréal, Yasha Sekhavat, VP of Product for North America, added “we are extremely pleased that iCabbi recognised the value in keeping these high-quality tech jobs based here in Montréal, where we can continue to contribute to the tech mobility ecosystem here and now on a larger scale, internationally.”
iCabbi entered into a strategic partnership with Groupe Renault in June 2018. The investment has already seen iCabbi increase its Product, R&D and customer service teams. The Montréal team now bring the total headcount to over 150, giving iCabbi a commanding presence and resources across Canada, the US and Europe.
Founded in 2010 in Ireland, iCabbi has since expanded to the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada – where iCabbi’s Canadian customers have successfully completed over 23.5M trips in the last year alone, benefiting from more automated bookings through apps, web and integrated voice technology. Over 70,000 taxis and PHV services around the world use iCabbi technology and its platform currently manages over 4 million rides per week. iCabbi’s vision is to provide innovative services to put taxi companies at the centre of Mobility.