Transit Taxi commission to expand e-hail app program Taxi cabs line up a New York City street. (Oct. 22, 2007) Photo Credit: Getty Images By DAN RIVOLI Updated December 4, 2014 11:07 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The Taxi and Limousine Commission will expand its pilot program for apps that let passengers hail a yellow cab from a smartphone. TLC chief Meera Joshi told a City Council committee Wednesday that the agency will start a licensing system for "e-hail" apps, which have let passengers and drivers "peek around corners to connect with one another." The pilot, which launched with Uber, Hailo and three other companies, saw 600,000 e-hail requests. One important requirement for these apps, according to Joshi, was that they must minimize driver distraction with a one-touch system. "You don't want an application that requires lots of touching in order for you to accept a ride," she said. Joshi said data form the e-hail pilot showed the apps were popular where yellow taxis are scarce -- 66% of yellow taxis ehailed were from outside the Manhattan central business district, while that was the case for 6% of all yellow cab rides in the city. The draft e-hail rules will be published before the end of the year. By DAN RIVOLI Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.