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04-29-2013, 12:17 AM #1
Taxi Cab Hailing App Approved by City of New York
Hailing for taxis with your hand has finally come to an end as app vendor Uber Technologies Inc. is providing predictable and quick service with a tap of a button. New York officials finally approved Uber recently, allowing the company to be the first taxi-hailing app to operate in New York City. During the 12-month pilot program, the popular service is approved to provide e-hailing service.
Although Uber has been approved, unlike other cities, New York’s Uber service does not provide payments to taxi drivers in the app; customers have to directly pay the drivers. Uber has other classes of service including livery cars, SUVs and ‘black cars’ and they all have integrated payments within the app. Taxi and limousine commissioner David Yassky gave a statement announcing the approval of Uber recently:
Thanks to the NYS Supreme Court's ruling this week, we will be able to see e-hail services made available to the riding public through a one-year pilot program that officially begins today. The first provider to be approved is Uber Technologies, Inc. There are several other companies in various stages of our approval process with others sure to join them, and we are excited about the prospect of seeing the universe of choices expand. The passengers have spoken and the Bloomberg administration listened...people want the opportunity to decide whether new technology can improve their taxi experience, and today, that option is available to them.
It’s been a long process and battle for Uber and other e-hailing apps like Hailo, Flywheel, GetTaxi, etc. But fortunately for Uber, they are the first and only e-hail app approved to operate in New York City. We’ll have to wait and see how the app turns out for the city residents but from personal experience, it should provide a much needed improvement for what is otherwise a very outdated system.
Source: New York City (official site)
04-29-2013, 11:11 AM #2
Ok, am I missing something here? You can call a taxi service on the phone and that's ok, but doing it with a computer program (that is, electronically) suddenly requires special hoops to be leapt through? Is it just because of paying directly through the app? Why would that even matter, especially when you consider how many things are paid for electronically these days? As long as the cab driver is being paid, what does it matter to the city and why is it even their concern in the first place? Is this not just another example of government being way too involved in business matters?
04-29-2013, 01:50 PM #3
Uber Technologies is one lucky company to get that 12 month deal, especially if the program takes off! I wonder if prank e-hailing will be a problem at all?...
04-29-2013, 09:06 PM #4Not as simple as it sounds.
Even if somehow those issues weren't factors, I can just imagine the arguing where someone hails a cab through the app from the shower inside of his apartment, and a cab pulls up to the curb to catch him running down stairs, but there's a person who's been standing in the rain for 10 minutes trying to hail a cab. I predict fist fights.
04-30-2013, 11:12 AM #5
04-30-2013, 02:52 PM #6
The taxi cabs you called weren't Medallion cabs. The taxis you called (a.k.a. "car service") were LIVERY cabs (typically black Lincoln Town Cars). They have small phone numbers on a sticker on the side or rear window.
I was talking about the YELLOW taxis, the ones with MEDALLIONS all over MANHATTAN that you can HAIL from the curb. Black livery cabs in the outer boroughs can *only* be called, they can't legally be hailed from the curb (they do it anyway but not in front of a cop). Medallions have been around for the past 80 years, and they are the only type of cab you can hail from the street legally.
(PS: I'm a New Yorker and I'm looking out the window and I see one.... two.... three.... four.... yellow cabs. Not a single phone number. Never heard of calling a yellow cab, ever.)
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04-30-2013, 08:06 PM #7