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NY Has Plenty of #e-Hailing App Choices

NY Has Plenty of #e-Hailing App Choices

On Feb. 15, NYers will finally be able to hail a yellow cab using their smartphone. AM New York reports on four apps competing in this transportation space. Hailo is already a top international cab-hailing app—used in London, Tokyo, Toronto and several other cities. Its automatic payment feature [Full Story…]

#Hailo Takes On #Uber’s NY #Taxi App With $30M Funding Round

#Hailo Takes On #Uber's NY #Taxi App With $30M Funding Round

Hailo is taking on Uber in NY. All Things D reported that the London-based company is raising a $30 million funding round with a likely lead investor of Union Square Ventures’s Fred Wilson. Now that the city has greenlighted a pilot ehail app program for taxis, VentureBeat writes that Hailo’s method [Full Story…]

Apps Make NY Taxis More Efficient Says #TLC’s Yassky

Apps Make NY Taxis More Efficient Says #TLC's Yassky

In a New York Daily News op-ed David Yassky extolls the virtues of taxi-hailing apps. The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission chairman writes apps could assist tourists who don’t know where to find a cab. They would fill taxis during off hours, make them more efficient, save fuel and reduce traffic. [Full Story…]

NYC #TLC Vote Paves Way for Uber, Other Taxi-Hailing Apps

NYC #TLC Vote Paves Way for Uber, Other Taxi-Hailing Apps

As the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission voted in a one-year test program allowing taxi-hailing apps Thursday, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick called the return of his company’s taxi service “imminent.” CNET reported that Uber curtailed its NY taxi app in October when the TLC said rules prohibit [Full Story…]

Online Cleaning Service Get Maid Launches

Online Cleaning Service Get Maid Launches

Get Maid, another Uber-type startup, has launched. The app allows users to find and schedule a professional to clean NY apartments. The service charges a flat $45 an hour fee, which includes a tip and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Co-founder Steve Gutentag saw that cleaning services are mostly [Full Story…]

#NYU Prof Says NY #Taxi Regulations Stifle Competition from #Startups

#NYU Prof Says NY #Taxi Regulations Stifle Competition from #Startups

On Dec. 13, the NY Taxi and Limousine Commission will introduce new rules pertaining to online hailing and payment for yellow cabs. NYU Stern School of Business professor Arun Sundararajan writes in a New York Daily News op-ed that that the rules have the stated intention of creating innovation, but [Full Story…]

Bloomberg Discusses #nyctech at Boxee HQ

Bloomberg Discusses #nyctech at Boxee HQ

Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a trip to the headquarters of NY-based startup Boxee to discuss NY's technology initiatives. According to VentureBeat, Bloomberg noted that he took his first Uber car ride yesterday with Square CEO Jack Dorsey to commemorate the company's purchase of NY design [Full Story…]

Opposition to Proposed Apps for Taxi Rides

Opposition to Proposed Apps for Taxi Rides

Though there has been support for a taxi hailing app in NY, there has also been criticism of the idea. According to Metro, some drivers think that having an app that would allow users to hail and pay for cabs on their smartphones would result in fewer cabs for spontaneous hailing, or lead to cab [Full Story…]

NY Car Services Go Mobile

NY Car Services Go Mobile

New York's $3 billion car-service and limo industry, with its fleet of 50,000 vehicles, is the largest in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal. In response, numerous services have started, such as Taxi Magic, Sedan Magic, and Uber. They all have mobile apps connected to the business, [Full Story…]

Uber Offers NY Passengers Hybrid Option

Uber Offers NY Passengers Hybrid Option

Starting this week, San Fransisco- based startup Uber will begin to offer users in NY the option of booking a hybrid car instead of a taxi. This option will cost about 10 to 25 percent more than a normal taxi, but is cheaper than the 40 to 100 percent premium users pay for a black town car, [Full Story…]

Mobile App Uber Working to Solve Car-Finding Problems

Mobile App Uber Working to Solve Car-Finding Problems

Mobile apps have tackled many daily problems and are now working on making finding car services easier.  One of these iPhone apps, Uber, finds a available car service based upon a user's location and allows users to request and track their cars and call their drivers directly.  The app is free, but [Full Story…]

Uber Car Service Officially Launches in NY

Uber Car Service Officially Launches in NY

Uber, the San Francisco-based startup that lets users order and then track a private car from an iPhone app, officially launches in NY today, allowing people to use its app for Manhattan and the outer boroughs. The car service is significantly more expensive that normal city cabs, with The New York [Full Story…]