New York City is looking for developers that can devise a system to hail a cab with a smartphone

New York City is looking for developers that can devise a system to hail a cab with a smartphone
If you’ve experienced the hustle and bustle atmosphere of New York City, then you’re surely familiar at how difficult it can be to fly down a taxi cab driver that’s willing to give you a lift. Well, it seems like the city is on the hunt to look for developers who can make the whole process easier with the aid of a smartphone.

Specifically, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) of New York City is in the market of looking for developers who can devise a new system that would enable people with mobile phones to hail a taxicab. At heart, the system would require a way to allow customers to not only schedule a taxi ride, but to pay for it as well with their device.

Of course, there are some existing solutions out there – like the Taxi Magic that we took for a spin, which is already being used in 45 cities across the country. Alternatively, there are other companies such as Hailo, which currently has a cab solution in London already, that have set up a base in New York with the hopes of landing a deal with the city.

Naturally, the great city will more than likely see additional offers from other developers, but either way, we’re simply one step closer to that reality of hailing and paying for a cab ride with our beloved smartphones. Can't be any easier, right?

source: ABC News via TUAW

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5 Comments

1. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

or you could just do it the traditional way. get the cab, point a gun, free ride. duh.

2. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

im sorry this was tasteless. im just super caffeinated....

4. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

This was actually funny, and you shouldn't have to apologize for having a real sense of humor

3. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I got a better one... Come up with an app that will ensure the cabbie picks you up if you are African American, as they usually ignore them 7 out of 10 times in NY.

5. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

While this was actually tasteless and does nothing to help

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