NYC Cabbies Resist GPS
from the and-I-know-the-way-so-no-funny-business dept
One place where GPS tracking seems like it could be eminently useful is in taxicabs. It could help cab companies better route their cars, help drivers find their way around, and benefit consumers by giving them some assurance they were being taken to their destination expeditiously. Now, with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission considering making GPS required equipment in the city's cabs, cabbies are saying they don't want it. They don't want to shell out the $3000 to $5000 per car for the equipment, but like a lot of workers, they just don't want to be tracked. They're afraid the systems will violate their rights by monitoring for speeding and other offenses, but could it just be a concern that they'll no longer be able to take unwitting passengers on the scenic route?