This system combines GPS navigation and tracking, point-of-sale and entertainment functions in a single integrated device. The NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission has approved the Mobile Knowledge and two other systems for this purpose, and has mandated that all 13,000 Yellow Cabs operating under its jurisdiction be equipped by 31 August 2008. To date, Mobile Knowledge and its partners have deployed 5,000 units.
"From past experience in the New York market, we knew the challenges of the dense urban canyon of Manhattan and went to great lengths to source the best available positioning and location technology for the PIM. When sourcing a GPS receiver, we selected u-blox' LEA-4R dead reckoning GPS module for its unmatched reliability, accuracy and ease of integration. Ultimately, we wanted to ensure we were providing the New York City Yellow Cab fleet with a GPS solution that would not fail, no matter how harsh the signal conditions," said Kevin French, Chief Operating Officer at Mobile Knowledge.