Wingz allows customers to pre-book a driver to take them around town at a flat rate, surge-free price, according to a news release. The rides start with a minimum price tag of $20 and the service requests customers to book up to two hours in advance of when they need a ride.
Wingz is backed by Expedia, Altimeter Capital and Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff. It is available in ten markets and 18 airports. Wingz doesn’t consider itself an on-demand service, but reports its more like a town car service.
“We received a Texas-sized welcome when we launched our airport ride service in Austin last week and immediately felt a part of the community,” Chris Brandon, CEO, Wingz, said in a news release “When we saw what was happening with Uber and Lyft and how it was affecting not only riders, but also the livelihood of drivers, we decided to expedite our Beta launch of WingzAround to help fill that void. We are excited to offer WingzAround to the Austin community and help Austinites safely navigate the city—whether it’s for attending a business meeting or conference, dining in SoCo, catching a concert or sporting event, or getting to a doctor’s appointment.”
Wingz also plans to fingerprint all of its drivers to comply with Austin’s regulations. It is planning to have all of its drivers fingerprinted by August 1st.