While New York regulators consider whether to allow new smartphone apps to remake the process of hailing a taxi, they are forging ahead in one segment of the market: the 233 yellow cabs in the city that can hold wheelchairs. On Friday, industry officials will fully launch the city’s new “Accessible Dispatch” system, which will allow wheelchair users in Manhattan to arrange a cab ride using a phone app, as well as via the Internet, phone, text, or by calling 311. The launch comes after 10 years of study on broadening access for people in wheelchairs, as well as a previous pilot program. Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.
Taxis Test a New App For Wheelchair Users
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).