New York TLC Uses GPS To Track Cab Flow

Posted on April 14, 2010

Technology could make it easier for passengers to find and hail a cab. Of course, no such stress for chauffeured transportation clients, who use companies that already track vehicles through GPS.

NEW YORK -- When New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission first implemented global positioning satellite systems in the city's more than 13,000 yellow taxi cabs, drivers were irate: how dare their employer track their movements during a day's shift?

That knee-jerk feeling may have since subsided a bit, but those GPS modules are now revealing their true value: aggregated insight into how and where taxi cabs operate.

In fact, the most popular street corners to catch a yellow cab in Manhattan can now be pinpointed at any hour of any day of the week.

By crunching data for more than 90 million trips tracked by the city, we now know that:


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