New York City

New York City Approves Taxi Apps

Government permission needed to hail cabs the way users might want to


Raising your arm and yelling "taxi!" will soon be the old-fashioned way to nab a New York City cab. Soon, all you'll need is a smartphone app.

On Thursday, New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission approved a plan that will allow riders to "e-hail" yellow cabs, starting Feb. 15 on a test basis.

"We should not ignore technology that's out there. This is not speculative, this is real," said TLC Commissioner David Yassky after the pilot program was approved.