Cab hailing with smartphone apps stalled with a lawsuit again in NYC, do you agree?
One of IATR's newly-minted rules is, for example, forbidding the use of the smartphone GPS radios to determine the fare, like, say, Uber is doing, as they say taxi meters are more accurate for measuring distance. Thus, in New York City you'd still be able to hail a cab with a smartphone app, but it has to be from one of the established yellow cab companies there, as per the new rules, as they'd have the required meters.
If the city’s 13,237 yellow cabs are allowed to pre-arrange pickups through apps like that, it amounts to a violation of Taxi and Limousine Commission regulations that distinguish yellow medallion cabs from livery cabs, the lawsuit filed Thursday alleges.
- Cab hailing with smartphone apps stalled with a lawsuit again in NYC, do you agree?
35 votes (35 votes) Yes, and I'd like the apps to offer only regulated companies, certified for pre-arranged pickups
81 votes (81 votes) No, there's place under the sun for everyone, and traditional cab companies should jump on the apps bandwagon too
Car-hire and sharing apps
The premise is that for an annual membership fee you can drive any Zipcar that is available around you for an hourly, daily and so on fee, which, considering that fuel and maintenance are included, comes up to much less than what you pay monthly for a car ownership, which often sits unused most of the time. The app is very straightforward, shows the nearest available vehicles, lets you choose between small cars, vans, pickup trucks and so on, and unlocks them after you've paid for the time requested.
2. SideCar Ride
You can observe the approaching of the nearest SideCar-approved driver in real time on a map, so as you always know how much you have to wait. Best of all, it's much cheaper than cabs, since the service shows you the average amount other users paid for the same ride, and asks you if you agree to grant it.
The drivers' selection goes through a background check, phone interview and in-person interview, so the service owners can screen the candidates. There is no cash involved in the transaction, as SideCar takes the amount needed for the ride directly from the card you've designated for payment, so if you are cash-strapped somewhere, it's a good alternative. Currently only available in San Franciscoand Seattle, the service is planning to do a lot of expansion down the road, since other states are starting to approve the practice.
1) Set your location
2) Send your request
3) Hop in your car
4) Hop out at your destination
5) Rate your driver
*payment happens on the backend with your card on file.
It is currently operational in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, Philadelphia, Dallas and San Diego. Uber drivers have cars such as Lincoln Town Cars, Cadillac Escalades, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S550 sedans. You can also reserve via text message, and customers can track their reserved car's location with the Uber app.
There are separate apps for each country ending in .fr for France, .pl for Poland, and so on. The handy geolocator shows you the nearest five cities with the best carpool options to/from there currently available.
1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6579; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
When youre in a big city like ny its kinda hard too find a cab. So i dont see wats the big deal here
3. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Do you even live in NY?
I do and the only cabs I would ever get into are either taxis or local car service with their company plastered all over the car. I wouldn't trust anything else.
2. o0Exia0o (Posts: 398; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
This app sounds like a good way for a serial killer to find thier next victim.