New York City Taxicabs To Test GPS-based Fare Meters

Posted: Oct 18 2015, 6:39pm CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles


New York City Cabs to Use GPS-based Fare Meters
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The pilot program is a step to overhaul the technology system of the 1000 cabs in NYC.

New Yorkers will now travel in some taxicabs with GPS based meters. The new meters are part of a pilot study. In the study the current metering system will be replaced with the GPS-based fare calculators.

The measure was approved by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission on Thursday. The commission aims to overhaul the technology system currently present in the cabs.

The pilot program will be tested on about 1000 taxicabs in New York. The new system will also require bulky televisions and credit card readers.

Greg Gordon is a spokesperson for the commission. According to Gordon the system is simply streamlined technology. "It's just streamlined technology," Gordon told Reuters.

It is believed the new system will be smaller and more portable. The system is also being called cheaper than the current meter running technology.

In the new GPS meters certain devices will measure the number of wheel turns and waiting time. The new metering system will be developed by four technology companies. The program will run for over a year in the beta phase. 

Originally the plan was to install the new GPS meter system in 4000 cabs. But on Thursday a meeting held by the commission reduced the amount of cabs for trial period.

The system will also be tested in hard-wired meters before installation. The testing will ensure they produce the same pricing range. The aim is to get rid of the current system which has known to annoy passengers. The new system will probably come in the form of a mobile device. 

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