Flywheel

It has come to this. In San Francisco, where Uber was born, the city’s self-described oldest and largest taxi company is renaming itself after a competing app. On Wednesday, Desoto Cab said it was rebranding—and repainting—its fleet of 300 cars as Flywheel Taxis.

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