Martin Heikel, co-founder of ZabKab, displays the passenger hailing ZabKab app on his smartphone, in New York Wednesday.
Every New Yorker knows how to hail a yellow cab, but the next step for some might be to "e-hail" a cab using a smartphone.
Members of the city's Taxi & Limousine Commission on Thursday voted in favor of allowing people to nab a ride electronically. Downloaded apps would link customers with drivers.
The vote means companies offering the high-tech hailing method can compete for business.
TLC Commissioner David Yassky says the city will lay down some ground rules to accommodate people raising their arm to stop a cab the old-fashioned way.
But the commissioner says that as long as the technology exists, it should be available to customers and drivers.
Till now, the city has banned yellow taxis from prearranging rides.