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When You’re in New York, Do You Like Those Taxis That Have TVs? Or Would You Rather Play With Some Taxi-Provided Apple Device During Your Cab Rides in the Big Apple?

Feb 21, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Is Apple coming to taxi cabs in the Big Apple?

"Just as New Yorkers have grown used to blaring televisions in the back of taxis, the Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering another electronic option: embedded tablet computers," reports The New York Times.

The article continues, "The commission is weighing a proposal by Square, a mobile payment company based in San Francisco, to replace Taxi TVs in 50 cabs with similarly shaped iPads or other tablets. If approved, the pilot program would allow riders to play computer games and swipe a credit card at any point in the trip. David S. Yassky, the chairman of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, said Square’s technology would open up opportunities for a variety of content and computer applications, like the social network Foursquare, which allows members to note their locations, or games with taxi themes."

Currently Taxi TV in New York presents excerpts of newscasts produced by WNBC and WABC.

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