When Gene Roddenberry fairly accurately predicted the advent of the cell phone, he probably couldn't have imagined a New York app for the device that would call in cabs, but the city has done just that with the lifting of a ban that had previously prevented the advent of such an application. The lifting of the ban has sparked a bit of controversy amongst competing services, but now that the app is in the wild there's little chance of a revision.
Need a cab? There’s now — officially — an app for that.
Today New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to officially allow riders to hail taxis using applications on their smartphones, according to the Wall Street Journal. Until today, use of the applications was banned for the city’s thousands of yellow cabs.
The TLC voted today to allow a one-year trial of taxi-hailing applications. Seven members voted “yes,” while two abstained from the vote.