New taxi technology to help visually impaired

File of a New York City cab (AP Photo)

April 17, 2012 9:35:23 AM PDT
Taxis will soon be getting a new feature to make it easier for the visually impaired to get around town.

New software is being installed that will enable the blind and visually impaired to access the credit card payment technology in yellow cabs.

Former New York Governor David Paterson, who is legally blind, was among those demonstrating the new technology at City Hall on Tuesday.

Paterson says he has often suspected that cabbies asked him for a higher fare than was on the meter, but he had no way to prove it.

Visually Impaired passengers can use a card to activate the technology, which gives an audio readout of the fare and help riders pay by credit card if they choose.

Creative Mobile Technologies plans to roll out the adaptive software in the coming weeks in New York, followed by roll outs in its taxi fleets nationwide.

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