Drivers and passengers in New York City can now use smartphone apps to hail nearby street cabs, thanks to a one-year pilot program that was just approved by the Taxi and Limousine Commission. The vote represents a partial victory for startups like Uber, Hailo, and Get Taxi, which had been lobbying New York City regulators to change the rules for months.
The pilot program allows for passengers to use apps to hail street cabs that are within a half-mile radius in Manhattan below 59th Street, and a 1.5 mile radius elsewhere in the city. Payment will be conducted through the existing system in the back of cabs.
This is actually good for Verifone, as these e-hailing apps will now have to integrate with exisiting POS infrastructure (Verifone and CMT, which has the majority of taxi business).