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TLC Allows Installation Of iPads In Yellow Cabs

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A pilot program to put iPads in the back of cabs has been given the green light.

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a proposal Thursday to allow a vendor called Square to replace Taxi TVs with iPads in 30 cabs.

Riders can pay by credit card at any point during the trip, and have their receipts emailed or texted to them.

Square's system also charges drivers less in credit card fees than the current rates.

The tablets should start showing up in cabs in two to three weeks.

TLC Commissioner David Yassky said they will be securely installed and that any technology that increases the likelihood of people paying by credit card reduces the risk to drivers.

The two vendors who control the current taxi TV market - VeriFone and Creative Mobile Technologies - were approved to begin similar programs with 30 devices each.

The TLC will also allow them to print ads on the back of taxi receipts.

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