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New app will let people e-hail cabs in NYC

April 27, 2013 6:44:44 AM PDT
People don't have to use their hands to hail New York City cabs anymore - now there's an app for that.

Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said Friday that Uber Technologies Inc. has been selected to make e-hailing services available to people looking for cabs. He says Uber will facilitate the e-hails in a one-year pilot program.

Yassky says several other companies are seeking city approval to provide e-hailing services.

A judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed mainly by livery cab owners, allowing a city plan to experiment with the e-hailing system to see whether it leads to a dearth of cabs or other problems.

Car service owners say e-hailing unfairly blurs a legal line between yellow and livery cabs, which are barred from picking up passengers on streets and depend on prearranged rides.

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