Maybe Uber isn't over in New York City after all.
The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission is eyeing a change to its rules that will allow applications like Uber to be used by cabs and their passengers in the city. To this point, any electronic device used to hail or pay a cab using a mobile device has been off limits, just one of the reasons why Uber shut down its UberTAXI app in New York a couple of weeks ago.
In a press release yesterday, the TLC said it will be reviewing the ban on "e-hail" and mobile payment applications next month. The decision is based on a recent survey the TLC conducted, the release said. According to the survey, 70 percent of passengers owned a smartphone and 55 percent wanted an e-hail and pay-by-phone option.
"Taxi passengers should be able to use the most up-to-date technology available to find a cab faster,” said TLC commissioner/chair, David Yassky, in the announcement. "We welcome feedback from the taxi and car service industries on how taxi-hail apps can best supplement the existing service models, so that we can finalize these rules and get apps on passengers’ smartphones by early next year."
The commission will review the issue at its Nov. 30 meeting with an expected vote to take place on Dec. 13.
(For any developers interested in creating an e-hail app for New Yorkers, the press release contains a full list of rules and specs.)
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