|Sent on:||Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:35 PM|
I agree, and wrote a blog post in favor:
The amount of companies is high because the sector is promising (not that many more taxis now than in 1930, because of agreements between taxi companies and the state, very French-like); but none of them is a definite success yet, because the penetration rate itself is still pretty low. Even though i work with tech people all the time, i'm usually the one to let them know that the technology exists; most people haven't heard of it yet.
In Paris, they went around the taxi/state agreement by falling into the "limousine rental" type of service, which is not included in this agreement; they can't do everything taxis can (take a client who didn't book the taxi at least a minute before, for instance), bu they can do enough to challenge the market.
Paris needed this to break the taxi/state agreement status quo, but New York could definitely use it too to make the cab-hailing smoother, mostly in areas where there are less taxis to be found, notably almost everywhere outside of Manhattan (i've been stuck around Marcy avenue, Brooklyn more than once)
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