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An E-Hailing Debate

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

“There are all these traditions about where you stand, how you raise your hand and if you can’t find a cab, where you go to get ahead of the other people who might be standing on your corner,” Kiernan said

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Transportation Nation

NYC Taxi E-Hail Program Delayed

Thursday, March 07, 2013

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A pilot program allowing New Yorkers to hail taxis via smartphone will not begin Friday after all.

On Thursday afternoon, New York State Supreme Court Justice Carol Huff issued a temporary restraining order, blocking the city from implementing its e-hail app program while she considers the case. She is expected to make a decision on March 19.

Livery car companies sued the city last month, saying the e-hail program violated the law. They got a boost Wednesday when two New York City council members filed amicus briefs in support of the suit.

A representative for two of the groups suing the city -- the Black Car Assistance Corporation and the Livery Roundtable -- issued a statement saying the groups were "relieved," adding: "This is the first step in sending a clear message that no one is above the law. We now look forward to presenting our case in court."

NYC Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said in a statement that "passengers can wait ten days to enjoy the latest technology.” Michael Woloz of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, a coalition of fleet owners siding with the city, said e-hail technology will "potentially make hailing yellow taxis more modern and more efficient." He also dismissed the livery car companies' argument as "pure nonsense."

Updated 8:28pm

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Transportation Nation

NYC Ready to Launch Taxi E-Hail Technology

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

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(New Tech City - WNYC) New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission is starting a one-year pilot program February 15 that will bring e-hails to Manhattan for the first time.

Ki Mae Heussner is a staff writer at GigaOm who has reported on smartphone apps that people can use to hail taxi cabs.

"Half the cabs going around the city don't have passengers in them and investors have put millions of dollars into this space because they think they can make a lot of money by better pairing drivers and passengers," Heussner told New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.

If the pilot program is a success, apps like Get Taxi, Taxi Magic, Uber and Hailo could end up on the home screens of thousands of iPhones and Android devices in New York.

Read the fine print of NYC's e-hail resolution here.

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