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Published on April 29th, 2013 | by Andrew Krasniak

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Uber To Be First Approved E-Hail App In NYC

Those of us who live or work in New York City know that when you really need a taxi, they can be difficult to find. Smartphone apps that allow you to “e-hail” a taxi have floundered in New York for a variety of reasons. A former incarnation of Uber called UberTAXI ceased operations in 2012, citing a lack of cooperation by the Taxi and Limousine Commission limiting their ability to operate. After months of negotiations, Uber has finally struck a deal with the TLC, making it the first approved “e-hail” app in the city.

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Screenshots from the Uber pilot program in San Francisco.

In order to gain TLC approval, Uber agreed to several conditions worth mentioning: first, the app cannot be used in locations where taxi staging locations exist, such as JFK, LaGuardia, and Penn Station. Second, taxi drivers in the Manhattan Central Business District may only respond to e-hails originating from half a mile from the taxi’s current location. Finally, the app is not allowed to reveal the passenger’s true identity or destination to the driver.

Link: The Next Web

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