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New York Taxis Get Computers

I seem to be on a string of complaints about screens being placed everywhere (annoying ads and zip codes). I admit that being the gadget geek I am, I’m surprised by how offensive I find these intrusions to be. This one I’m a bit divided on though. It seems that the majority of New York taxis have gotten these screens installed that give you the weather, news, location and map information and other stuff.

NY Taxi

I find these things incredibly annoying. You get into the cab and immediately start having this thing blast at you. It’s rude. You should have to press it to activate it. Thankfully you can turn it off and I do that with vigor whenever I get into the cab.

However, there is a great value add here since you can now charge the cab fare on your credit card. This is absolutely great. I love not having to figure out the tip and just swipe the card. In fact, on the last business trip to New York this function saved me from expensing $133.01 in cash. Great! Now if they just quit making you sign the receipts!


  1. They should NOT be making you sign anything for fares under $25. If they are, please call 311 and report the driver to the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Thanks!

  2. Wow — I post on my blog and the Deputy Commissioner of the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission posts a comment? You sir, are amazing.

    I’ll make sure there is no signing requested for fares under $25 in the future!

  3. Glad to be of assistance. I’m sorry to hear of your annoyance with the systems, but I am pleased that you seem to have an open mind about it, and doubly pleased that you find the credit/debit card function of the integrated system useful, as we had anticipated.

  4. Here’s one for you. I am currently in Ocean City Maryland doing a VMWare install for a client. Regardless of that fact I was packing up my techno stuff for the day and it dawned on me that I was going to have to file an expense report. I hate to file these because it means two things. First, I will have to print. Print on paper as in to a printer. This task consumes an entire sheet of paper for expenses. Then I head down to the trusty USPS which I really don’t enjoy either and I mail them in. (Gives me an excuse to ride my bike at least.)

    Can you guess what my next project is?

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