In July, Uber said it had 26,000 Uber driver-partners in New York City, almost double the city's 13,587 yellow taxis. To be more competitive, the New York taxis started using the luxurious Nissan NV200 minivan to replace their aging taxi fleet. And now, taxis are debuting an app to summon rides.
On Wednesday a smartphone app called Arro debuted, so taxi customers can use their smartphones geolocation to call a cab with a push of the button. And like with Uber's app, it shows what taxis are nearby and how long it will take them to arrive. It's available on 7000 taxis already and backers are pushing it to spread quickly.