02:25 PM
Connect Directly

Cabbies Say 'No' To GPS

New York City cabbies are opposing plans to install GPS devices, or similar technology, in their vehicles.

New York City cabbies are opposing plans to install GPS devices, or similar technology, in their vehicles.

As the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission boasts a year of technological innovation, with plans for hybrid vehicles and GPS or similar technology, thousands of drivers are parking their yellow cabs and protesting. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance is rallying in the city Monday.

Drivers say they don't want to be tracked and do not need the expense (estimates range from $3,000 to $5,000 per vehicle) of installation. They also claim the devices could be used to monitor speeding and other activities, violating their rights.

The TLC began requesting proposals last year to meet new cab requirements, including the addition of GPS systems. The commission maintains that the tracking equipment would help drivers navigate traffic, provide efficient routes, and help passengers recover lost property.

When the commission announced last year that it planned to mandate equipment for mapping and automated data collection, Chairman Matthew W. Daus said the improvements would enhance the fleet's technological capabilities, improve passenger convenience, and bring "the already high quality of taxicab service to the next level."

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Business of Going Digital
The Business of Going Digital
Digital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - July 22, 2014
Sophisticated attacks demand real-time risk management and continuous monitoring. Here's how federal agencies are meeting that challenge.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.