With taxi-booking app Hailo killing it in London since its launch in the UK last year, New York would seem like the obvious entry point for the service when it finally landed in the US two months ago…but alas, Boston claimed that accolade. Indeed, it seems there have been a few barriers to entry for Hailo and other so-called e-hailing apps, but the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission’s nine-member board voted last week on proposed rules which will finally allow e-hailing in the Big Apple, similar to those already in place in the likes of Chicago and Toronto. So, from 2013, New Yorkers will likely be ordering cabs from their iPhones and Androids in the comfort of their own home or local bar, in addition to their trusty flailing arms on street corners.
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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.