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.