AirTalk for September 23, 2013

The future of taxicabs

Will this force the taxi industry to evolve or is this the beginning of the end for the traditional yellow cab?

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Will this force the taxi industry to evolve or is this the beginning of the end for the traditional yellow cab?

On Thursday California became the first state to regulate ride-sharing companies such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar. Download an app and catch a ride in someone's else's car.

Now, these ride-sharing drivers will have to go through a background check, get training and special credentials that will put them squarely on the turf of the state's professional taxi drivers. Taxi associations across California are not happy about the threat to their business.

Will this force the taxi industry to evolve or is this the beginning of the end for the traditional yellow cab? What will this mean for people without smartphones and who rely on hailing a cab and paying cash? Is it worth the hassle to participate in ride-sharing if you have to go through the hassle of getting special credentials?

Guests:

Jacqueline Leavitt, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affair

Mark Gruberg, United Taxicab Workers of San Francisco


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