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Getting a ride anywhere in Clark County just got a lot easier. Las Vegas visitors and locals can now hail a ride just by clicking a button.

"It was time for Las Vegas to have it, the technology is available and we've worked hard to create it," said Integrity Vehicle Solutions Chief Executive Officer Mark James.

The Ride Genie app, which launched Wednesday, gives users access to more than half of the car companies in Clark County. It allows passengers to hail black cars, limos and eventually taxis. It's free to download, but there is a $5 fee when booking a ride through the app. As far as the price for the ride, James said those prices will be consistent.

"No matter which car company you get you'll have the same price for that car category, no matter which company that car happens to be from," James said. 

Once a user chooses his or her choice of car, he or she can watch the vehicles' progress on a map. After your ride is complete the app adds a 20 percent tip. James said users can adjust it, or remove it all together, and if they aren't carrying cash, it's no problem.

"You sign up from the app, you put your credit card information in and so your signed up and your credit card is on file with the app so it makes it very easy to pay for your ride," James said.

After paying, users will be able to rate their driver and vehicle. This is a favorite feature of potential users.

"We definitely go by ratings. When we look at the ratings it will pretty much determine whether or not we'll go with that service," said April Carlisles, who's visiting from Ohio.

Ridesharing companies like Uber have tried coming to the Las Vegas market, but have been turned down because of heavy regulation. James said the Ride Genie app is much different since the company works directly with the Taxi Cab Authority.

"You will only get licensed, supervised, trained drivers and vehicles on our app," James said. 

James said the people possibly benefiting most from the first-of-its-kind app will be locals.

"We think it's going to be a strong incentive for those drivers to want to accept those ride that sometimes now that they don't want to accept, which is going into the neighborhoods or going out of the resort corridor," James said. 

Taxis are not yet available on the app. James said that feature will be added in a few months. He said another feature to be added soon is the ability to hail a ride that is specifically handicap accessible.

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