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Smartphones to 'e-hail' NYC taxis

Passengers will be able to use their smartphones to "e-hail" yellow cabs in New York after the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission gave approval.

Downloaded apps will link customers with drivers starting on February 15.

Commissioner David Yassky said the city will lay down some ground rules to accommodate people raising their arm to stop a cab the old-fashioned way.

But the commissioner said that as long as the technology exists, it should be available to customers and drivers.

Until now, the city has banned yellow taxis from pre-arranging rides.

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