Friday, December 14th, 2012

New York City Cordially Invites Uber to Innovate, Disrupt Our Taxis

Good! New York City will begin a year-long pilot of working with taxi-hailing apps starting early next year. The program will be pretty restrictive, but lots of the hard tech work is to ensure that the app systems work with the taxi meters. So that, you know, we don't get ripped off. That wasn't so hard, petulant, pouty, Ayn Randian startup boys, now was it!

Also apparently Mike Bloomberg went crazy about taxis this morning but I have no idea why.

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KenWheaton (#401)

This will make it that much easier for cabbies to pick up only white people of a certain class — then refuse to take them to Brooklyn.

brianvan (#149)

I think all the conglomerate medallion owners should be bundled up and thrown into a volcano, which is less human suffering than what they inflict on NYC daily through their vehicular slumlording.

On the other hand, hard to root for any startup whose market pitch is, "It's too hard to hail a taxi in New York." Loved that one guy last week who fought Felix and I on Twitter, claiming that he needed a $135 trip to the airport in an Uber car because the logistics of his business trip were too difficult to work out with any other transit option. Gotta fit in all those TED Talks and VC lunches, right? Those people should not be handing out advice on anything, ever.

KenWheaton (#401)

@brianvan Hey, you can't expect a guy so busy disrupting the model to actually know what the model is. That's some inside the box thinking right there. Tear it down. TEAR IT ALL DOWN! At the end of the day. Synergy. Paradigm. Social media. Flat. Etc.

Matt (#26)

Pivot motherfucker.

Astigmatism (#1,950)

@brianvan I missed a job interview once because my Tel Aviv car broke down and they didn't tell me until it was 10 minutes past my pickup time, at which point they didn't have any more cars for 45 minutes, it was taxi shift-change hour in the rain, and I stood at the corner of 14th and 7th for 45 minutes without finding a cab who could get me to LGA. I've almost missed vacation flights because of conference calls that went long and left me looking for a cab at 4:15 in Midtown, which, good luck.

Tiny violins, but if a startup is able to make that task a little bit easier, I'm willing to give them a chance.

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@KenWheaton – Or in the words of historian and noted d-bag Newt Gingrich "Fundamentally transform the model of {whatever it is he's talking about at the time}".

hershmire (#233,671)

Now they just to fix taxis that swing into the bike lane, hit a biker into the curb, get out and scream it's his fault, and then drive off when they see he's bleeding. One step at a time, I guess.

This was more fun the first time around, when we were all laughing about ordering dog food over the internet.

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