Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blind-trust cabs - Audio foils taxi theives

Stealing from the blind is about to get a whole lot harder — for cabbies.

Taxis will soon be equipped with new technology that will help blind riders check the meter for overcharges and avoid credit-card fraud.

A computerized voice will announce the fare throughout the trip, alerting the blind and visually impaired upon each click of the taxi’s meter.

The riders will then follow step-by-step spoken instructions for paying by credit card by using the taxi’s touch screen.

Previously, blind passengers would have to turn over their credit card and entrust the driver to charge them the correct fare and tip — a leap of faith that many blind passengers, including former Gov. David Paterson, refused to make.

Read more of Jennifer Fermino's New York Post article HERE.
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