The Way2Ride app by Verifone is looking to make it easier for people to pay for cab rides in New York City.
With the app, users can also check for vacant taxis in the area. Once they’re inside the cab, passengers need to open the app and press the ‘I’m in a taxi’ button. Then they need to ‘check-in’ by holding their phone up to the TaxiTV screen inside the cab until the phone beeps or vibrates. When they get to their destination, passengers just need to check the screen to see if their ride has been paid.
The app is defaulted to Auto-Pay so users only need to confirm if the ride has been paid. If users disable the Auto-Pay feature, they will be asked to confirm payment every time. They can also opt to cancel the ride via the app and pay in cash or credit card.
The app is available for Android devices and iPhones. At this time, it currently works with over 13,000 licensed yellow taxis in NYC, and the developers are working on getting it to work in more taxis in the city.