NEW YORK — People don’t have to use their hands to hail New York City cabs anymore — now there’s an app for that.
Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said Friday that Uber Technologies Inc. has been selected to make e-hailing services available to people looking for cabs. He says Uber will facilitate the [...]
This is all just getting under way but the question is: “To e-hail or to halt” that is the question for the judge, whoever he/she may be. Check out the current state of affairs. For the record, although this is a matter involving a number of well entrenched interest groups with considerable power, the fact [...]
It seems as though the man at the helm of the TLC, David Yassky, has signaled that in 2013, not only will we have a chance to preview what a cashless, mobile phone driven payment system for yellow cabs might look like, but possibly a pivot towards endorsing the age of application based innovation [...]
In light of Uber’s abrupt entry and exit from the mobile platform space directed at improving the efficiency of the NYC yellow taxi market (taxis that must be hailed, no dispatching), other companies that have been grabbing headlines, albeit in the transportation section of the paper for having brought in millions of dollars of investor money, might well [...]
As Bloomberg and the TLC forge ahead with their plans to regulate the outer borough car service industry, particularly with regards to who is able to legally pick up street hails, a new taxi color has emerged. I would like to call it “Granny Smith Green”, although the Mayor would prefer it to be known as “Apple Green”. It appears [...]
Square has been “not so quietly” conquering the mobile payment space. They have clearly recognized that mobile hand held devices are where the greatest potential for growth in terms of services and transactions is moving, and moving quickly. This recognition and positioning is going to be disruptive to many established, up stream payment providers, particularly but [...]
Eric Goldwyn raises a number of good points in this short piece he recently penned for New York magazine. Chiefly among them, is the issue of enforcement and regulation as it pertains to just how encouraging or discouraging this new policy, as proposed by the TLC, will be in helping to move the practice of hailing a [...]
If the financial crisis has taught us anything, or the oil spill in the Gulf, which served to highlight the results we should expect from top down risk assessments, as tallied by the gentlemen in charge, we should expect similar results in the future. Or, we can simply set up our own bottom up approach, and in [...]
Not much more must be said. I will let time, space, design and history do the rest of the talking. 2013 is just around the corner and the NYC taxi fleet is heading for a paradigm shift in terms of application and its impact on the fabric of our socially evolving transportation behavior.
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The mayor’s office has been consistent with their green transportation strategy. Their position has been, since Bloomberg’s first term, to seek new and innovative ways to transform the city into a more green concience place by proposing and implementing programs with various agencies throughout the city. From working with the DOT to transform places like [...]