The taxi apps transforming the way New Yorkers get around
The old method of hailing taxis may be going the way of the horse-and-buggy.
Start-ups like Uber, Lyft and others are introducing app-hailed car services that are upending the traditional model of waving down a yellow taxi from the street.
And it seems that the taxi industry could get even more competition now that regulators are signaling that new services can operate as long as they abide by the rules of the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Those rules include drug tests for drivers, criminal background checks, insurance and more.
amNewYork took a look at some of the new apps and how they work. Some of the apps only work with yellow (or green) cabs, while others specialize in livery or black cars. Some services even offer luxury cars and SUVs.