E Hail Apps
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
By Martin DiCaro : WAMU
WAMU - Washington —
By Thursday, Washington, D.C. taxi drivers are supposed to show they have scheduled the installation of a credit card payment machine in their vehicles. Many won't.
The paying public is asking why this is so complicated? The reason, in part, is a mismatched market.
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. New Tech City talks to one user who says the apps are catching on with minorities.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
You can order an ice cream like a taxi Friday, and the truck will show up with it.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Taxi and Limousine Commission adopted Thursday, by a vote of 7 to two abstentions, a year-long pilot program allowing taxi drivers and passengers to use taxi-hailing apps on their phones.
Smartphone hails will override street hails within a half mile in most of Manhattan, or a mile in a half in Northern Manhattan and the outer boros.
Current rules prohibit apps like Uber, Hailo and GetTaxi because drivers are forbidden from using devices while driving for safety reasons.
TLC rules also forbid payment through a third party system, which is how Uber processes transactions, taking a cut for itself and why the company stopped operating in yellow cabs.
Under the new rules to allow e-hail apps up for a vote, New York would require e-hail apps here to be a bit different from the ones operating in other cities already... albeit with lawsuits and political battles in many cases.
TLC commissioner commissioner David Yassky said Thursday the city risks falling behind. "We can look at other cities and see that passengers are using these products and benefiting from them, and when you have new technology that's available that can benefit passengers, regulations shouldn't stand in the way."
The apps would still not be allowed to process payments independently in NYC. They'll need to be integrated into the meter to prevent overcharging. In order to be approved under the proposed rules, apps would also need to be programmed so that a driver can't accept a ride while in motion -- that's possible using GPS data or even the accelerometer in a smartphone.
The non-yellow cab car service industry opposed the idea, fearing that it will pull yellow cabs out to places normally dominated by car services, which can be requested by phone call and apps currently. To mollify some of that fear, today's vote may not be on whether to permit e-hail apps in yellow cabs, but whether to run a one year pilot program.