As LCT reported, last week the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) was given the green light to move forward with its pilot e-hailing program. Of course, the true winners are the developers of passenger transportation mobile apps, such as Uber.
Right on cue, this week technology website TechCrunch held its annual Disrupt NY conference, which in one panel discussion brought together taxi e-hail mobile app Hailo and rideshare service SideCar. It goes to show, even if Uber disappeared off the face of the earth tomorrow, someone else would step in with disruptive technology. The industry is ripe for it.
In fact, last week, GetTaxi announced that it had its own answer to Uber’s black car service that’s set to launch in the coming weeks. “Customers will be able to ‘summon’ a car via their smartphones the same way they currently interact with Uber and other ride-sharing services…,” reports tech blog pandodaily.com. Sounds familiar.
Of course no one knows where all of this is going. But today I came across an article on the topic that resonated with me, especially the title: “The Revolution Will Be Rideshared.” It really hit home the point that urban transportation is such a mess, so far behind the needs of metro populations, and has been so slow to catch up to technology that people are willing to try anything. And that word, “revolution,” is especially apt because it implies that people are moving forward, which they are.
— Denis Wilson, LCT East Coast Editor
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