Ride-hailing apps offer new way to get around town

Feb 03, 2013 by Terence Chea

Fed up with traditional taxis, more city dwellers are tapping their smartphones to hitch rides across town using mobile apps that allow connect riders and drivers.

Internet-based ride-hailing apps such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar are expanding rapidly in San Francisco, New York and other U.S. cities.

But taxi operators say these ride-summoning services are little more than illegal cabs that don't have permits, pay city fees or follow regulations.

The California Public Utilities Commission in November issued fines and cease-and-desist orders against Lyft, SideCar and Uber for operating illegally.

The commission recently began evaluating the safety of the new ride services and plans to draft rules to regulate them. Last week, the agency reached agreements that allow Lyft and Uber to operate until the rule-making process is complete.

Explore further: Does your computer know how you're feeling?

1 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

VeriFone signs taxi ad deal with NBC

Dec 20, 2011

(AP) -- Cab riders in New York and other big cities may soon be able to buy movie tickets and other items while in taxis, paying with the same system that charges credit cards for cab fare.

Recommended for you

Does your computer know how you're feeling?

4 hours ago

Researchers in Bangladesh have designed a computer program that can accurately recognize users' emotional states as much as 87% of the time, depending on the emotion.

Microsoft to unveil new Windows software

20 hours ago

A news report out Thursday indicated that Microsoft is poised to give the world a glimpse at a new-generation computer operating system that will succeed Windows 8.

Unlocking the potential of simulation software

Aug 21, 2014

With a method known as finite element analysis (FEA), engineers can generate 3-D digital models of large structures to simulate how they'll fare under stress, vibrations, heat, and other real-world conditions.

Indonesian capital threatens to ban Uber car app

Aug 20, 2014

The Indonesian capital is threatening to shut down controversial smartphone car-hailing service Uber due to licensing issues a week after it officially launched in the city, an official said Wednesday.

User comments : 5

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Doug_Huffman
3 / 5 (2) Feb 03, 2013
This will last until the 'apps' are the proximal cause of a homicide.
FrankHerbertWhines
1 / 5 (2) Feb 03, 2013
This will last until the 'apps' are the proximal cause of a homicide.

have you ridden in a new york city cab lately?
DavidW
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 04, 2013
Or smelled the workers?

"Deodorant is against my religious beliefs".

Then wash your damn arm pits!
defactoseven
1 / 5 (1) Feb 04, 2013
This will last until the 'apps' are the proximal cause of a homicide.

have you ridden in a new york city cab lately?


Yep, all the time. And the only app for me is a whistle and a hand gesture. I usually have a cab within a minute or less. An app? Maybe mental telepathy? jees. and I don't have the time to smell the drivers... I'm not that type.
alfie_null
5 / 5 (1) Feb 04, 2013
But taxi operators say these ride-summoning services are little more than illegal cabs that don't have permits, pay city fees or follow regulations.

They wouldn't just care to admit they don't like the prospect of competition?