New York's taxi authority is to vote on whether or not the city's iconic yellow cabs should accept bookings via smartphone apps.
A plethora of apps, such as Uber and Hailo, have been released to help commuters track down available cabs.
But some taxi companies are concerned about the impact these apps could have on their business.
Taxi-hailing apps have been widely adopted in other cities around the world.
In New York, where taxi operators are highly regulated, several companies have written to the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) calling for plans to allow the use of the apps to be rejected.We knew the invention of the wheel was a mixed blessing. Next, the customers will want to carry 20 oz. sodas!