A smartphone app could be on the way that will allow taxi riders in the St. Louis area to hail cabs the same way they summon an Uber car.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to proceed with plans for a single app that would link all the licensed cabs in St. Louis and St. Louis County.
With a tap on their phone, passengers would be able to choose the closest cab or a particular cab company.
The move comes at a time when traditional cab companies are struggling to be competitive against companies such as UberX, an app-based ride-hailing service through which drivers use their own cars to ferry passengers.
The taxi commission is expected to vote at its October meeting on a request for proposals for an app design.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch