Are E-hail Apps Helping Minorities Get Cabs?
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Summer 2013 was the first time New Yorkers could "e-hail" a taxi with a smartphone app like Uber or Hailo, but so far few people are using the technology.
In June, less than one-quarter of one percent of cab trips started with a potential rider tapping on a phone instead of yelling or putting out a hand, according to the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
When the info came out, New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi tweeted:
Old habits die hard. New Yorkers still prefer to hail cabs by hand...http:/ http://t.co/5ABwkpvtnV— Manoush Zomorodi (@manoushz) August 6, 2013
One her followers, Stacy-Marie Ishmael, product manager at the social media startup Percolate, tweeted back:
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