It seems like every other tech story these days is about the old guard banding together to protect the status quo. So it’s a relief to hear that New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission agreed yesterday to test out Square’s proposal to replace Taxi TV with its own iPad mobile payments system, despite objections from Verifone and Creative Mobile Technologies–the duopoly that currently controls what technology gets placement in your yellow cab’s partition.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, Square will mount a “ruggedized” iPad on the divider of the cabs. Using Square’s payment system, riders can swipe a credit card and decide whether to receive a receipt by paper, email, or text. Oh yeah, and a chance to look at a map on an iPad’s sleeker touchscreen. Read More