New York Bans Drivers from Using Taxi-Hailing Apps

One day after a start-up company unveiled an app allowing yellow-taxi drivers and passengers to find one another, New York City issued this gentle reminder: Smartphone apps may be the future of hailing a taxicab, but at least for now, their time will have to wait. In an industry notice, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission said it had not authorized the adoption of any apps used for cab-hailing or payment, including a service from Uber, which began offering its new app in about 100 taxis.