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TV in New York Taxis

Yellow CabTaxi riders in New York will now have the ability to watch television in the comfort of their yellow cab. At least you’re getting some sort of premium for the higher prices announced recently. WABC will provide news and weather via wireless to taxis throughout the city. In addition, ESPN is providing sports news on the 50 trial systems. Zagat Survey, the leading provider of trusted dining and entertainment information in New York, is also providing ratings, reviews, and directory information for restaurants, nightlife spots, shopping options and hotels, all available with a touch screen located in the taxi passenger compartment.

The content delivery capabilities are part of a comprehensive system designed to enable the acceptance of credit and debit cards, automate collection and submission of trip data, deliver content to passengers, and provide electronic message transmission to drivers. Currently, the systems and the station’s content are available in 50 taxis as part of a final technology trial by the TLC. Very cool.