Ride-sharing apps roil Los Angeles' taxi industry

07/14/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Los Angeles city officials have issued cease-and-desist orders to three companies that leverage ride-sharing mobile applications to compete with local taxi companies, but the upstarts have stayed in business, asserting that deals made with state regulators give them the authority to pick up passengers. Traffic experts said the apps could help alleviate congestion on the area's roads, but city officials and taxi companies consider the services dangerous to riders.

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