New Yorkers soon can use smartphones to hail cabs

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Washington Post: New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission approved a plan to let riders "e-hail"" yellow cabs beginning in February.

“We should not ignore technology that’s out there. This is not speculative, this is real,” said TLC Commissioner David Yassky after the pilot program was approved.

Until now, the city has banned yellow taxis from prearranging rides.

At least a dozen companies are ready to provide the service, including ones now operating in other U.S. cities and overseas. London has a thriving taxi e-hail system.

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