After a long saga of legal back-and-forth, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission voted yesterday to allow a one-year trial for taxi-hailing apps like Uber. Apparently, users below 59th street will only be able to use apps to hail cabs within a half-mile of their location, while all cabs are fare game in any other part of the city. No word yet on when the trial period will begin.

It was a sensible decision–electronic hailing is good for both drivers and passengers, and as Engadget points out, “it could very well set the stage for the first major leap in how the cab-hailing process works in a very long while.”

“Like all pilot programs, this will provide a wealth of information and allow us to make a better decision down the road,” said TLC Commissioner David Yassky of the decision. “We should not ignore technology that is out there. Uber, Hailo, and GetTaxi are out in other cities of the world.”

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