New York taxis find a better alternative to back-seat televisions: tablet games.

For all New Yorkers annoyed by the inexplicable presence of a television in the back of their car whenever they take a cab, help is on the way. The New York Times reports that the Taxi and Limousine Commission is now weighing the option of embedding tablet computers, which can only mean one thing for commuters and gamers: 

The commission is weighing a proposal by Square, a mobile payment company based in San Francisco, to replace Taxi TVs in 50 cabs with similarly shaped iPads or other tablets. If approved, the pilot program would allow riders to play computer games and swipe a credit card at any point in the trip.

David S. Yassky, the chairman of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, said Square’s technology would open up opportunities for a variety of content and computer applications, like the social network Foursquare, which allows members to note their locations, or games with taxi themes.

I hope this means that there’ll be a new potentially ARG form of Crazy Taxi.

Yannick LeJacq

[via NYT]