By Sense Networks
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CabSense shows which street corners in New York City are best for catching a taxi cab.
Every street corner in the city is rated from no stars (little cab activity) to 5 stars (lots of cab activity). The rating for each corner is estimated by applying machine learning algorithms to the pick-up locations of over 220 million taxi trips. These ratings change based on the time of day, day of the week, and your current location.
* Use the map view or radar view to find the best corner near you
* Plan ahead with the time slider to see the best corners at a future time.
* Shake 'N Hail to catch a cab
What's New in Version 1.1
- support for iOS4 multitasking
- high-resolution graphics for Retina Display
- 2.5x more data, now analyzing over 220 million taxi trips
- increased accuracy in brooklyn, queens, and the bronx
- minor bug fixes
Might Help But...
Fact that 1 people per hour is picked on, let's say 9th Ave and 20th St, on Friday at 2:45 am, does not mean that it is bad spot, maybe 300 empty cabs passed by going to Meatpacking. To get a cab u need to know basics: lights on=empty, lights off=taken; day shift ends at 5 pm/am so btw. 4:45 pm/am and 5:25 pm/am most of the cabs are on the way to and from garages, take a limo or a train; do no ask "can u take me to Queens," get inside and say address, if they complain, say u will report to TLC or say u will tip; cabs hate traffic and if they are empty they will not be in packed streets; they do not drive empty on streets that lead to bridges, so if u r in East Village at 7 pm and u wanna go to Brooklyn hail it like u go on UES; cabbies like UES and UWS; to hail just lift your arm, fast movement with hand signals that u go to Brooklyn, so they might not stop, also if u have a backpack or u are dressed as a hipster shows that u r going over the bridge; if u are at Penn or Grand Station when supply of cabs is low, do not wait in the line, walk 1 block and try there. Cabbies discriminate bridge and tunnel crowd only when demand for taxi is high (rush hours). When u lose hope check this application, it might help.
Love the idea of using gps data to help prospective cab riders find the best spot, especially in less trafficked cab areas. Awesome app!
New Yorkers always disagree about which corner is best to catch a taxi because seriously it matters