City's Livery Cabs Could Soon Be Equipped With Free WiFi

By Ben Fractenberg on August 4, 2010 3:39pm 

City livery cabs will be outfitted with free wi-fi service starting in the fall.
City livery cabs will be outfitted with free wi-fi service starting in the fall.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Need to work on that Power Point presentation on the way to the airport?

As many as 1,000 city livery cabs are will be equipped with free WiFi service by the fall, WABC reported Wednesday.

"Our plan is to basically blanket the city with tens of thousands of vehicles," Alex Mashinsky, a New York-based venture capitalist, told The Wall Street Journal.

Mashinsky is part of a joint venture project with UTOG Corporate Car Service Inc. and Velocity Limo Inc. to provide the wi-fi service in the cars, which are distinct from the city's yellow cabs.

The service will be supported through advertising and provide WiFi access to passengers and anyone within 400 feet of the livery cabs, which include car services, which are popular in upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs; limousines, and black cars.

Mashinsky told WABC that adding more cars to the network and using new technologies should improve service for passengers.

Mashinksy’s livery car reservation service, GroundLink, is reportedly testing the WiFi technology in 25 cars.

Mashinsky is also involved in a project to bring cell phone and Internet service to city subway stations.

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