Going Mobile

Hail This: NYC Taxis Considering App Proposals to Make Catching a Cab Easier

Booking a cab? Soon there may actually be an app for that.
 Hail This: NYC Taxis Considering App Proposals to Make Catching a Cab Easier

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For those of you who love Uber but can’t always shell out the dough for rides in swanky black sedans, your lives may soon get a lot easier. ABC News reports that the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission is accepting proposals from smartphone mobile apps that will enable riders to order cabs via their cell phones.

According to ABC:

The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is accepting proposals from mobile application companies that would allow taxi riders to book, track and pay for a cab using their smartphones.

Software development companies with established mobile taxi applications already in use in cities around the U.S. and abroad are vying to be considered to be the face of digital hailing in Manhattan.

ABC reports that Taxi Magic and Hailo are both current competitors for the proposal. GetTaxi, an app that has seen tremendous growth abroad, just raised $20 million for its New York rollout.

We’re pretty unconcerned with who scores the proposal, as long as the app works on rainy days during rush hour.

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