On Valentine's Day, members of the livery car industry filed suit against New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission, charging that the Bloomberg administration had violated the law when it approved a one-year taxi app pilot program that would allow smartphone users to hail cabs by tapping their iPhones and Androids.(3)
Today, New York City's taxi commission voted to approve a one-year taxi app pilot that will allow New Yorkers to, for the first time, hail cabs by smartphone.
Taxi and Limousine Commission chairman David Yassky is backing off of the city's bid to allow New Yorkers to hail taxis by smartphone, instead telling Capital New York that a one-year pilot program is "a better idea."
Yassky's moderated position comes just a day before the commission was to vote on the Bloomberg administration's proposal to make taxi apps legal in New York City. A majority of commission members were expected to vote against the new rules, fearing they would upend the peculiar structure of the New York City taxi industry.
"I foresee the rules as written not passing," said Frank Carone, a Taxi and Limousine commissioner.
By year's end, tech entrepreneur Jay Bregman will have launched the latest application designed to improve the taxi-riding experience in New York City: Hailo. Like Uber and Taxi Magic before it, Hailo aims to do for car service what Seamless has done for the restaurant delivery business: enable clients and businesses to find each other online.