Taxi technology: Why catching a cab will never be the same
8 October 2013 Last updated at 00:59 BST
The days when people phoned for a taxi or simply hailed one on the street may be coming to an end. Technology is revolutionising the way we catch a cab with a ride now just a click away through mobile phone apps like like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Instantcab and Flywheel.
Many of these services are part of the so-called "sharing economy" in which car owners offer to drive strangers in exchange for a "donation".
California has just become the first state in the US to regulate ride-sharing, a move that has angered traditional taxi drivers.
Alastair Leithead spent a day in Los Angeles exploring some of the new ways of getting around.
Filmed by the BBC's Maxine Collins; edited by Travis Peterson.