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article imageMobile payments bring taxi cabs into the 21st century

By Michael Essany     Jul 19, 2013 in Technology
Taxi cabs have been cruising the United States helping passengers traverse the landscape for close to a century. And for most of that 100 year period, cash and coin have been the only compensation taxi drivers could accept.
These days, however, mobile technology is bringing the taxi cab experience into the 21st century.
New legislation in Washington D.C. is nudging taxi companies in the region to rethink how they accept credit and debit card payments.
In recent weeks, airsMobile - the company behind an emerging mobile app that can be used by consumers to hail a cab at their current location - partnered with USA Cabs. From this coupling comes something called TaxiRadar, which is a next generation E-hail and smart meter taxi system designed in response to the aforementioned D.C. taxi commission regulations.
Consequently, individuals in need of getting around Washington D.C. now have the means to find, procure, and pay for a taxi ride all through mobile means.
TaxiRadar leverages the PayAnywhere API to enable in-app mobile payments via credit or debit card, completing the "smart meter and secure credit card payment experience."
With TaxiRadar, individuals will be able to see the GPS location of available taxis in real-time and then hail one with one touch. From there, passengers can experience the benefit of paying with plastic, as this option is now a required capability mandated by the new D.C. Taxi Commission (DCTC) regulations.
"Long gone are the days when you had to stand in the rain trying to hail a cab while still holding on to your morning coffee and umbrella or have that awkward conversation with your driver when you are short on cash and they have no way to process credit and debit card payments," PayAnywhere says on its official blog.
If all goes well in D.C., mobile payment options may soon find their way into taxi cabs across the United States.
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