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NYC Taxis Getting New Technology To Help Visually Impaired

Fmr. Gov. David Paterson in the back of a taxi cab - New York, NY - Apr 17, 2012 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

Fmr. Gov. David Paterson in the back of a taxi cab – New York, NY – Apr 17, 2012 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) - Some New York City taxis are getting technology to help visually impaired riders make sure they’re not being taken for a ride.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb On The Story

Visually impaired passengers will be able to use a card to activate the technology that will, in turn, give an audio readout of the fare, WCBS 88o’s Rich Lamb reported. Then they will be able to pay by credit card if they so choose.

Former Gov. David Paterson, who is legally blind, was present for the announcement Tuesday in front of City Hall.

“One way it will change my life, it will be the first time that I’ve ever used a credit card in a taxi,” Paterson told reporters.

He said 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.

“I know I gave a taxi driver a $100 bill once and I knew he knew it because I didn’t complete my second step out the car and he took off,” Paterson said.

The new technology will be installed in about half the city’s yellow cabs in the coming weeks.

The company that created the software is planning to install it in taxis in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and other cities.

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