Last year, we took a look at UberTaxi, an app dedicated to summoning taxis to your location and paying for the fare. We also noted that the city of New York pretty much eviscerated the app because of taxi regulations, laws, and existing contracts with other payment companies.
Looks like UberTaxi has now finally made it in the Big Apple, thanks to a little more cooperation with the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission. The commission licensed UberTaxi for a one-year e-hail pilot program. But, it seems like only half the battle has been won so far. You can only use UberTaxi in NYC to call for a cab – it looks like those exclusivity contracts with the other payment processing companies are still getting in the way of you using UberTaxi to pay for cab fare.
UberTaxi also warns that taxis participating in the program will be in short supply at first, which might cause some frustration if you try to use the app in a pinch to no avail. Unfortunately, you also won’t be able to summon a taxi to JFK or LaGuardia, or anywhere outside the five boroughs. Also, the default option will be for a black towncar, but you can request a yellow cab if you wish.
You can download the app here, and you might as well. The surest way to see the program expand is for there to be tons of demand.