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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Credit card readers, back-seat TVs, GPS devices -- the Taxi & Limousine Commission is enamored with technological gimmicks that do little to improve taxi riding and nothing to improve access. Now it is looking to expand on these earlier proposals and has put out an RFP asking for ideas. It's open to the public. Should the Taxis For All Campaign reply?

Here's a blog entry from CNET about the TLC plan.

Here's the request for information (RFI). Submissions are due on June 15.

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Anonymous Linda Ostreicher said...

I wonder why the TLC doesn't include assistive technology in its RFI. There is no mention of making the existing passenger experience better for blind, low-vision, hard of hearing, or deaf passengers.

Instead of having entertainment and ads in multiple languages, how about including a telephone or screen-based translation service for communicating with the driver? This could include sign language for the deaf.

Then there are all the would-be passengers who can't even get in conventional taxicabs--more accessible vehicles would certainly enhance their experience.

Instead it seems the TLC is determined to pursue high-tech for the sake of high-tech. And to bombard us with ever more advertising.

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