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Rolling Out in the East? Google Finally Talks About the Future of Driverless Cars

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Although legislation in most of the 50 states isn’t equipped to regulate robotic self-driven cars, Google is rolling forward with plans to unleash a fleet of driverless cars that can be summoned via smartphone app.

Google finally broke its relative silence on its self-driving car pilot program to reporters over the phone this morning. It was the first time the tech giant answered questions from the press about the modern-day Knight Rider-mobiles. Read More

Ride or Die

Off Duty Light Goes Off: Taxi Light System to No Longer Confuse Tourists

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It’s a secret point of pride for experienced New Yorkers that we know how to properly parse the mystifying taxi light system. It gives us a leg up over tourists, who spend so much time trying to differentiate between the Available and Off Duty lights that by the time they realize the cab is free, a local has already settled into the backseat.

But now, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Taxi & Limousine Commission has voted to revamp the baffling system: during scheduled taxi inspections between January and April, all taxis will be outfitted so that their signs only display one light when they’re available. When they’re taken or off-duty, the sign will be dark. Read More

Tech and the City

Credit Card Payment Methods for the Visually Impaired Coming to a Taxi Near You

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Paying for your cab fare with a credit card seems simple enough, but for the visually impaired, it can be a lot more difficult. New York’s yellow cabs just weren’t equipped with the proper software enhancements to help the visually impaired–until now.

Lighthouse International, an organization dedicated to overcoming vision impairment through rehabilitation, education, research and advocacy, teamed up with Creative Mobile Technologies and city council member James Vacca to announce software enhancements to New York’s taxis to optimize the payment experience for the visually impaired. Read More