Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Archive for February 27th, 2012

Dodging Regulations

Alastair Coote:

We’re living in the twenty-first century and we’re still getting taxis the way we did in the 1940s. […]

I made an app with the express aim of making every part of a yellow cab journey in New York better. It helps you find destinations, estimates costs, tracks your journey and lets you share the information with your friends. It doesn’t find you a taxi. Because it can’t. You can’t book yellow cabs — the city doesn’t allow it.

We live in the twenty-first century, yet we have to dodge around regulations set around the time of the second world war. This, by the way, is pervasive. Many laws are contextual (think patent laws), and are not future-proof, whereby “future” I mean the time in which we currently live.