A Whole Year of Taxi Rides in New York City Mapped

New York's fleet of iconic yellow taxis are still the city's reliable, non-surge priced transportation backbone. Its 13,500 medallion taxis make 170 million trips a year, every single one of them mapped in this beautiful new visualization from the folks at the MIT Senseable City Lab. The interactive map isn't just… » 3/12/14 2:40pm 3/12/14 2:40pm

New Orleans Gets the Country's First Vending Machine-Equipped Taxis

Occasionally you'll luck out and climb into a taxi cab with such amenities as free tissues, discarded newspapers, or all the tourist pamphlets you can carry. But if you find yourself in New Orleans, you might end up in one of the 250 vehicles in the Orleans Carriage Cab fleet that now feature soda-dispensing vending… » 3/22/13 4:20pm 3/22/13 4:20pm

To Improve Online Maps, Microsoft Analyzes GPS Recordings of 30,000…


Cab drivers know their cities intimately, using shortcuts and side streets to bypass traffic jams and (hopefully) get you to your destination more quickly. Now Microsoft is hoping to tap into this talent and design better driving directions for online maps. » 11/06/10 10:00am 11/06/10 10:00am

NYC's Depressingly Congested Traffic, Mapped by Taxicab GPS

Why I take the subway: This is what NYC traffic congestion looks like, charted by the GPS units built into cabs. The real surprise is that average travel speeds remain a crushingly slow 7MPH, even when everybody's at work. [NYT] » 3/24/10 3:20pm 3/24/10 3:20pm

Sneak Peek at NYC's Future Taxis

Face it: New York's taxis are pretty low tech when you compare them to cabs from around the world. So to celebrate the taxi's 100th anniversary, the folks at the Design Trust for Public Space are heading up the Taxi 07 project, an exhibit at the New York International Auto Show that'll showcase what future cabbies… » 3/28/07 8:16pm 3/28/07 8:16pm

Hong Kong Taxis Offering Free HSDPA Access

Good news for anyone heading to Hong Kong (or anyone living there now). As part of a new ad campaign, Vodafone is fitting some of Hong Kong's cabs with free wireless Internet. The plan is to put a USB modem inside as many taxis as possible, so that anyone traveling with a laptop can connect and hook up to the… » 3/14/07 8:51pm 3/14/07 8:51pm

NYC Cabbies May Strike Over GPS Devices

Cab drivers in New York City are getting their panties in a twist over a proposed plan to install monitors in the back of cabs. The monitors would display commercials and other forms of entertainment, but what is upsetting the drivers is the fact that these displays also have GPS devices that track location when the… » 3/08/07 1:00pm 3/08/07 1:00pm

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. » 12/31/06 2:35pm 12/31/06 2:35pm