New York City to get Taxi 2.0

Cabs are to New York as freeways are to Los Angeles; that is to say, they're an integral part of the landscape and no matter how hard you try, you're going to have to engage with them at some point. As such, most New Yorkers have a love-hate relationship with taxis. But New York's Taxi & Limousine Commission is trying to ease that relationship a little bit -- on Thursday, it gave a preview of the next generation of the city's yellow fleet, where new cabs will have a touch-screen that lets you watch TV (or turn it off), pay by credit card, follow your progress on a map, and best of all, make it easier to retrieve that umbrella that you forgot in the backseat when you got dropped of that one drunken night in the East Village.

The commission said that the new system will let you call a hotline and tell them where you were dropped off and what was lost to use as clues to retrieve your forgotten property. We're assuming that then they'll retrace various cabs' driving histories (via GPS) over the period of the last several hours. But just keep in mind that you probably weren't the only person getting out at Port Authority around noon last Wednesday. The TLC says the new cabs should start hitting Manhattan by the end of the year.

News source: Engadget via Back Page news

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You're think of the MTA.

Please, the poor cabbies didnt have a fare raise for over a decade (went up about a year ago) What with the rise of gas prices I'm ok with the fare.

However, the MTA... talk about serious mismanagement. Hell, they were offered a BILLION for the rail yards (I currently work RIGHT next door to the yards) and they turned it down. Now there are no offers. They blew our chance for the Olympics AND they dont have anyone to purchase the space. (oops, went off on a rant)

I look forward to seeing/riding in the new taxi.

Yeah? How about lowering prices!

They're just trying to justify the exorbitant fees they already charge and looking for ways to charge even more.

Or am I thinking of the MTA?