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New Yorkers Can Now Hail Yellow Cabs with an App

New York City cab image via Shutterstock

New York City cab image via Shutterstock

New York City’s yellow taxi riders can now legally hail a cab with a smartphone app.

Tuesday evening, San Francisco-based Uber announced that its cab hailing services were approved for use throughout the city, a move that positions Uber as the first and only cab-hailing app currently approved for use in New York.

This follows a recent dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the livery car industry in New York, which opened the doors for app makers to offer electronic hailing of taxicabs throughout the city, a service Uber initially began testing last fall.

“The launch of Uber’s service is great news for New Yorkers and visitors to our city who want to quickly and conveniently get a taxi,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said in a statement.

The entry into e-hailing hasn’t been as seamless for all players in the space, however, as rival app maker Hailo was issued a notice from the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission for the unauthorized testing of a similar cab hailing app.

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