NYC taxis to get TVs and tracking

Posted on Thursday, December 21 2006 @ 05:03:21 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The next generation of cabs is coming to New York - with TVs and other new features:
The city Taxi & Limousine Commission gave a preview Thursday, showing off a touch-screen device that lets passengers check news and weather reports, look up restaurant reviews and track their cab's progress on an electronic map.

The tracking feature also promises to make it easier for riders to retrieve things they leave behind. Rather than racking their minds for a medallion number, riders will be able to call a city information line and say where they were dropped off and what was lost. The taxi commission will work from that to try to find the cab.

The new features also include a credit-card reader, a significant addition for the largely cash-only taxi system. Riders can even calculate a tip.
More info at Silicon Valley.

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