New YorkThe agreement with CMT and Curb will allow Uber to reference New York cabs within its application (Photo Ludovic Maisant)

Hail a New York cab on Fifth Avenue, arm in the air, staring at those recognizable yellow vehicles, hoping to reach that strategic customer appointment on

time.

Or call out to the same vehicle – in the same color – with a few flicks of the thumb from their smartphone. From now on, business travelers will have the choice between the two booking methods, thanks to an agreement that transforms yesterday’s competitors into tomorrow’s partners.

The agreement should come into effect during the spring – the deadline of mid-May is mentioned – and should eventually make 100% of New York cabs available on the Uber platform. The American platform has reached an agreement with the booking systems that refer to New York cabs, namely CMT and Curb. From the point of view of business travelers, this alliance simplifies and expands the possibilities of urban mobility. Unlike a cab hailed on the street, the customer will know in advance the amount of the fare. As for the drivers, they will be free not to accept trips for which the anticipated fare does not seem attractive. Above all, their income will respect the rates imposed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)

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Uber has a long history of partnering with the cab industry to provide drivers with more revenue and passengers with another transportation option

Uber has a long history of partnering with the cab industry to provide drivers with more revenue and passengers with another transportation option,” recalls Andrew Macdonald, Senior VP Mobility at Uber. ” Our partnerships with cabs look different around the world, and we’re excited to team up with cab software companies CMT and Curb, which will benefit cab drivers and all New Yorkers

,” he continues.

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Since Uber’s arrival on the international scene, the U.S. giant’s relationship with local cabs has been regularly “turbulent.” And the public authorities have sometimes sanctioned or even tried to ban the American platform. But Uber recalls that it has reached good agreements with cabs in many business destinations. For example, Uber has integrated the cab service in four Spanish cities (Madrid, Malaga, Valencia and Barcelona), and offers the UberTaxi service in almost all German cities where the platform is present, in partnership with some 1,000 cabs. In Asia, Uber has partnered with SK Telecom to operate the UT offering in South Korea, and last August acquired Hong Kong’s leading e-taxi application, HK Taxi.