Cabbies Track Cellphone Reception, Drive Cabs

Ericsson has been authorized to place mobile sensors in the trunks of 50 New York City cabs with the goal of tracking drop zones. Apparently the random driving patterns of cab drivers are effective for finding holes in the grid.

While Ericsson was contracted by an undisclosed wireless provider for this job, logic would tell us that since Ericsson deals exclusively in GSM technology, they can only be working for a GSM company like Cingular or Tmobile. While cab tracking seems like a neat idea, aren't these companies getting far more data from all of their customers? Apparently the cab devices must be more effective.

New York City Cabs... [via digg]