Your spacephone can do so much for you, but it’s pretty annoying that it can’t do everything for you. Some of that is just because of technological limitations, but in the case of taxi hailing apps, it’s been a legal issue more than anything else. First the city had a pilot program for them, then that got sued out of existence and you deleted Uber. Whoops, better download it again, because the city appealed the previous lawsuit and won.
A judge was unconvinced by a previous judge being swayed by livery cab groups’ argument that hailing apps for yellow cabs were the same thing as pre-arranged rides.which are the exclusive domain of the livery cab. The judge in the case also pointed out that cabs won’t be able to refuse a ride when they get to you because once they accept the e-hail, they’re locked in to taking you where you’re going, you drunk mess. This is all well and good, but we’d really prefer the city focus its time on a much more important issue: cabbies who insist they have no idea where the address you tell them is. Just the worst.