This is an absolutely fascinating — hypnotic even — depiction of what the daily metrics of a New York City Taxi looks like, overlaid on top of a map. You can track passengers, distance traveled, revenue, even tips.

Bravo! I wish we could make the data from our business (Financial planning/asset management) look this compelling!


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Taxi Day


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Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Travel

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4 Responses to “Data Visualization: What Does a NYC Taxi’s Day Look Like?”

  1. CD4P says:

    That’s slightly better than 6% on tips. A waiter/waitress does better. Although the last time I used a taxi, the driver popped the trunk remotely and let me load & unload my suitcase myself.

    • dko says:

      Per “Asterisks”: Tips are only reported in the data for credit card transactions. Cash tips are not included.

  2. The Window Washer says:

    I used to drive 20 years ago in Denver so this was funny to watch and realize it’s all the same.
    “there’s a personal off the meter” God bless the cell phone
    “Ha busted sitting on Columbus Circle and short metering calls” (dumping calls). Watch the car sit there and take a few calls and not move as the amount on the meter goes up the minimum meter charge each time.
    I used to talk to drivers all over the world when I traveled and yes it’s the same everywhere. And yes the lowest quality selection of drivers is at the airport and nice hotels the world over. The best will be in the worst part of town at 3am.

  3. BoKolis says:

    This is only capturing tips swiped on the card. You can be certain that the cabbies are hiding every last dollar possible. To get a more accurate metric, you’d have to measure only those fares where the tip was captured. It would come out more like 10%-12%.

    You can also be certain that it burned an impact crater into Bloomberg’s ass that the value of a yellow cab medallion increased five-fold on his watch, yet he got nothing from it (and his taxi of tomorrow was blown up).