NYC Picks Uber to Make Yellow Taxi E-Hail App

Friday, Apr 26, 2013  |  Updated 10:41 PM EDT
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Hailing a cab by stepping out on the side of the street and sticking your hand out has been done for decades. Now there's an app for that. Several companies are designing apps to get a taxi to where you are without stepping onto the street, but do they work? News 4's Marc Santia put those apps to the test.
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New York City cab riders don't have to use their hands to flag a cab anymore — there's now an app for that.

Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said Friday Uber Technologies, Inc. had been selected to make so-called "e-hailing" services available to cab riders. He said Uber will facilitate the e-hails in a one-year pilot program that begins Friday.

Yassky says there are several other companies also seeking city approval to provide e-hail services to passengers.

On Tuesday, a state Supreme Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed mainly by livery cab owners, allowing a city plan to experiment with the e-hail system to see whether it leads to a dearth of cabs or other problems. The judge also lifted an order that had temporarily blocked the program.

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