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2012-08-11 02:30:36 PM
No joy for Cutie.
 
2012-08-11 02:34:03 PM
If there's enough open cabs where you are, you can still just stick your hand up. That's never going to change. But this could be good for those times when the cabs are mostly occupied and/or not close.
 
2012-08-11 02:34:44 PM
Um. That has been around for a while. In San Diego there is an app that does that. You simply click that you need a cab it uses GPS to confirm your location and then you confirm that you want a cab, I assume to eliminate pocket cab calling, and then you get an ETA text.
 
2012-08-11 02:44:42 PM
Someone has no idea what hailing a cab in NY is like.
 
2012-08-11 02:47:59 PM
I think the people who poured a ton of money into developing this loser of an app have no idea what hailing a cab in NY is like.
 
2012-08-11 02:56:52 PM
What button do you press to tell the cabbie you aren't black so he will actually stop?
 
2012-08-11 02:57:46 PM
But how will the app know if you're black?
 
2012-08-11 03:04:22 PM
What button do you press if you want a destination in the boroughs (besides the airports)?

That way the cabbies don't have to waste their time laughing at you and refusing to take you.
 
2012-08-11 03:11:30 PM
Awesome! Installed.
 
2012-08-11 03:11:34 PM
Why? Did Bloombama make that illegal too?
 
2012-08-11 03:16:38 PM
Maybe if you stopped staring at your phone you might actually see the river of cabs pouring down every street in Manhattan...
 
2012-08-11 03:19:00 PM
You know who else liked automatic hails?
 
2012-08-11 03:26:03 PM

dwade: What button do you press to tell the cabbie you aren't black so he will actually stop?


erveek: But how will the app know if you're black?


lol, god damn it. Gotta get up early in the morning to get the good jokes.
 
2012-08-11 03:30:28 PM

oneredguy


You know who else liked automatic hails?


Mike Nelson, Tom Server, and Crow?

http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/Teen-Age_Strangler#Host_Segments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V5dNFYFVq8
 
2012-08-11 03:31:17 PM

zamboni: Why? Did Bloombama make that illegal too?


Yes. It's a safety issue.
 
2012-08-11 03:33:02 PM
Dammit. Tom SERVO.

Geez, that was awful.

I heard the bots mention "server" in the sketch and butchered Tom's name. I am Roll Failbeef.
 
2012-08-11 03:33:36 PM
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Ahoy there coachman!
Make haste and collect me and transport me to the aeroport.
/not
 
2012-08-11 03:33:50 PM
Still no cure for the afternoon shift change
 
2012-08-11 03:38:56 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: Someone has no idea what hailing a cab in NY is like.

 
2012-08-11 03:40:06 PM

FrancoFile: Maybe if you stopped staring at your phone you might actually see the river of cabs pouring down every street in Manhattan...


Not...not stare at your phone? That's crazy talk. Next you'll be saying you should watch the road when you're driving.
 
2012-08-11 03:59:53 PM
I've only gotten cabs in nyc a few times, but this app would take about 10x longer to procure a cab than me walking out to Clark and raising my hand
 
2012-08-11 04:01:35 PM
My GPS has always flipped out in NYC, I thought it was from all the buildings.

Anyways neat app but it'll be funny when your wonky signal always sends taxis to random wrong locations.
 
2012-08-11 04:21:50 PM
This would be good for every city EXCEPT for NYC. It is generally simple to get a cab in NYC. The exceptions to this are when you are leaving a major event, like a big concert and everyone is trying to get a cab at the same time, and during the 4 PM shift change.
 
2012-08-11 04:24:13 PM
Because there are more people in NYC with smart phones than vocal chords?
 
2012-08-11 04:26:30 PM

redmid17: I've only gotten cabs in nyc a few times, but this app would take about 10x longer to procure a cab than me walking out to Clark and raising my hand


You sound white.
 
2012-08-11 04:27:06 PM
Well, we haven't had a 'all praise the single city in the world' or an 'everyone come in and bash 'the city'' thread in a while.

Why isn't this an amusing flamewar yet?

Personally, and this is from someone living in Dallas, I don't really get the NYC love. A city is a city to me. I've lived in Houston and Dallas, and grew up in a small down in deep east texas, and they're all great in some way. The small town in the country has the benefits of being in the country, can get lakefront property for a steal, can leave your door unlocked, can see the stars, can shoot guns like retarded rednecks, etc. But it lacks a lot of the amenities of cities, like great cuisine, good internet access, public transit and libraries, close-distance shops/food/etc.
 
2012-08-11 04:57:23 PM
Because all the residents of NYC don't own smartphones.

Have the balls to flag a cab. What is this, everything has to be siphoned through the internet?
 
2012-08-11 05:03:09 PM

FrancoFile: Maybe if you stopped staring at your phone you might actually see the river of cabs pouring down every street in Manhattan...


That made me laugh. Probably true.
 
2012-08-11 05:11:40 PM
PC LOAD LETTER

Someone has no idea what hailing a cab in NY is like.

Manfred J. Hattan

I think the people who poured a ton of money into developing this loser of an app have no idea what hailing a cab in NY is like.

dwade

What button do you press to tell the cabbie you aren't black so he will actually stop?

erveek

But how will the app know if you're black?


/Is there an echo in here?
 
2012-08-11 05:19:39 PM

cryinoutloud: FrancoFile: Maybe if you stopped staring at your phone you might actually see the river of cabs pouring down every street in Manhattan...

That made me laugh. Probably true.


Yep. Farkin' phone addicts. As bad as nicotine.

Hailing a cab in that town, in any fashion? I can guarangoddamntee you that will never be an issue for me.
 
2012-08-11 05:26:38 PM
Don't know about NYC, but I've never had a problem hailing a cab in any city.

Heck, I've successfully hailed one on Mardi Gras day 6 years in a row now.

Also, why use this useless techniology when you can just make a phone call if you're, say, at a bar where cabs don't frequently go around empty?
 
2012-08-11 05:38:37 PM

dwade: What button do you press to tell the cabbie you aren't black so he will actually stop?


It will have a pop up saying "Please say the following phrase: 'I asked the man a question'". I imagine that will be pretty foolproof.
 
2012-08-11 05:40:44 PM
The only thing this app will do is alert the cabbies that the out of town yuppie needs a cab
 
2012-08-11 05:55:21 PM
ZabKab users can also opt to include additional information to send to the cab driver, like how many people are in their party and if they need a cab that is wheelchair accessible.

I'm guessing that anybody in a wheelchair on a rainy day is going to be waiting a loooong time for a cab. Also, if I were an enterprising type, I'd sell a "premium" service where for a monthly fee your hail takes priority over any others in the area. If you're a rich guy or important celebrity, you shouldn't have to take your chances like hoi polloi. Or you could set it up where one enters a dollar figure for the extra amount he's willing to pay to jump to the front of the queue. That'd be great until Bloomberg banned it.
 
2012-08-11 06:31:14 PM
Not really needed most of the time, but this could definitely be useful in the wee hours of the morning.
 
2012-08-11 06:34:30 PM
TFA:A new smartphone application called ZabKab launched earlier this week that allows users to hail a yellow taxicab using their smartphone.

Can we stop linking advertisements if Drew's not getting paid?
 
2012-08-11 06:35:25 PM
This is an Uber smart idea
 
2012-08-11 06:45:25 PM

downstairs: Don't know about NYC, but I've never had a problem hailing a cab in any city.

Heck, I've successfully hailed one on Mardi Gras day 6 years in a row now.

Also, why use this useless techniology when you can just make a phone call if you're, say, at a bar where cabs don't frequently go around empty?


Because according to the article, cabs cannot be dispatched to specific locations and are allowed to only pick up "hailing" riders. What kind of farked up shiat is that?
 
2012-08-11 06:52:12 PM

John Buck 41: cryinoutloud: FrancoFile: Maybe if you stopped staring at your phone you might actually see the river of cabs pouring down every street in Manhattan...

That made me laugh. Probably true.

Yep. Farkin' phone addicts. As bad as nicotine.

Hailing a cab in that town, in any fashion? I can guarangoddamntee you that will never be an issue for me.


The thing only works for the cabbie if he's pulled over. It automatically turns off when he starts moving. Thing is, in all the places where you need a cab, there is no place to pull over except for areas with so many cabs that they have a cab stand, like the airports and the Waldorf and whatnot. All the places where a cab can pull over are in places where not many people are looking for cabs. The cab will be moving back to an area where he can't pull over.
 
2012-08-11 07:18:07 PM
I had the idea of doing the reverse of this for the ice cream truck. where your phone would alert you when the truck was near your street.
 
2012-08-11 07:31:58 PM

jjorsett: ZabKab users can also opt to include additional information to send to the cab driver, like how many people are in their party and if they need a cab that is wheelchair accessible.

I'm guessing that anybody in a wheelchair on a rainy day is going to be waiting a loooong time for a cab. Also, if I were an enterprising type, I'd sell a "premium" service where for a monthly fee your hail takes priority over any others in the area. If you're a rich guy or important celebrity, you shouldn't have to take your chances like hoi polloi. Or you could set it up where one enters a dollar figure for the extra amount he's willing to pay to jump to the front of the queue. That'd be great until Bloomberg banned it.


Given how cab companies work in general, that's probably extremely illegal for them to do, so Bloomberg wouldn't even get the chance to nanny it down.
 
2012-08-11 07:33:44 PM
The TLC requires Medallion taxi drivers to only pick up hailing passengers. The drivers cannot be a part of a dispatch system or pre-arrange taxi services.


Look I'm all for reasonable regulations, but WTF? Why would they want cabs to NOT respond to dispatches?
 
2012-08-11 07:50:14 PM

MrEricSir: The TLC requires Medallion taxi drivers to only pick up hailing passengers. The drivers cannot be a part of a dispatch system or pre-arrange taxi services.

Look I'm all for reasonable regulations, but WTF? Why would they want cabs to NOT respond to dispatches?


Extra revenue from DUI or public intoxication charges. No politician ever let "the right thing" get in the way of a revenue stream.
 
2012-08-11 08:37:37 PM
As a former cabbie, I predict two benefits to this app:
--During busy times of day, it will make it easier for taxis to locate and pick up passengers who aren't on the more crowded streets.
--During the slower hours, each potential fare has the potential to cause a wonderful full-throttle Taxi Race, as yellow cabs converge from all directions. Let's hope most of them are the old Ford Police Interceptors, because I love the sound their engines make...
 
2012-08-11 08:43:09 PM
LOL just get a car you lossers LOL
 
2012-08-11 09:19:34 PM
If you're in Manhattan it's almost certainly faster to walk to a busy street and stick your hand out. Other boroughs though I can definitely see the benefit.
 
2012-08-11 09:40:10 PM

My pr0n name is Tom Seaview: As a former cabbie, I predict two benefits to this app:
--During busy times of day, it will make it easier for taxis to locate and pick up passengers who aren't on the more crowded streets.
--During the slower hours, each potential fare has the potential to cause a wonderful full-throttle Taxi Race, as yellow cabs converge from all directions. Let's hope most of them are the old Ford Police Interceptors, because I love the sound their engines make...


I agree with the first point. On the second, I would think that one cabbie would commit to a particular hail and go for it and then that hail would disappear from the system. They wouldn't want to have several cabbies trying to pick up one hail. I mean I don't really know for sure but it seems logical to me.
 
2012-08-11 09:41:35 PM

MrEricSir: The TLC requires Medallion taxi drivers to only pick up hailing passengers. The drivers cannot be a part of a dispatch system or pre-arrange taxi services.

Look I'm all for reasonable regulations, but WTF? Why would they want cabs to NOT respond to dispatches?


Separate industry, with separate regulations, taxes, etc. Street-hail cabs are artificially limited in number to keep them full much of the time in exchange for charging a below-market rate at peak times. There is a robust and much more competitive industry responding to dispatch.
 
2012-08-11 09:43:34 PM

Bob The Nob: I had the idea of doing the reverse of this for the ice cream truck. where your phone would alert you when the truck was near your street.


Make it happen. I have bad hearing, haven't caught an ice cream truck in about 20 years.
 
2012-08-11 09:56:08 PM
Mariette Hartley's father took her out to the woods in Michigan to teach how to whistle loudly. She had told him she was moving to NYC to study acting and star on Broadway.

She developed an amazingly loud whistle. Best ever.

She goes to NYC and one night she finally has to hail a cab. She steps out to the curb and fires off an enormous ear-blaster. A cab immediately pulls up and she hops in.

She says to the cabbie "I guess my whistle must have really impressed you."

"What whistle? I pulled over for those legs."
 
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