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New York City Flirts With Ripping Out Taxi TV

Destination & Tourism | Gabe Zaldivar | October 13, 2015

New York City Flirts With Ripping Out Taxi TV

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Your next New York City taxi ride may be a little less annoying in the future.

Granted, we should be a bit more specific, because there is a wealth of things that might rub you the wrong way about the yellow cab excursions. (h/t Mashable) reports that the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission may soon rip out the Taxi TV’s that have become a part of the riding experience for so many throughout Manhattan.

The report states: “The monitors, which first appeared in the back seats of yellow taxis in 2006, will be eliminated and replaced with either smartphone or tablet-payment systems if a TLC proposal passes, according to TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg.”

For those not familiar with the technology, here is a quick glimpse of a screen that force-feeds you commercials as you are whisked around town at ludicrous speeds:

As both reports state, there are various issues with the current iteration of Taxi TV. The most egregious seem to be the unrelenting ads along with the inability to turn the sound off — an impulse that happens far too often.

Mashable explains what might arrive in the iconic yellow taxis if Taxi TV is indeed axed: “If the proposal passes, a new GPS-based smartphone or tablet system will be tested in 1,000 cabs, and then expanded by 2017 if deemed a success.”

So far there is no word on successfully getting from Point A to Point B with minimal nausea.

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