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NYC Cabby Puts Cab-Cam on the Web

Boot Camp feature for Monday, April 19, 1999

A virtual ride in a New York City cab. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. Wherever you are. In your home...your office... anywhere in the world. New York cabbie Clever da Silva invites you to see what he sees as he jockeys through the city streets...

"I love to drive. I love to drive. Because you meet lots of interesting people. Lots of famous people, you know."

On the dashboard of his yellow cab, he has a Logitech QuickCam. It is a attached to an IBM ThinkPad with a modem hooked to a cell phone...

"We send over around 350 to 400 pictures a day out of my cab. Every two minutes, the picture is downloaded."

From seven in the morning to seven at night. And Clever is doing business from the site too. People who buy his book online, it's called New York City From a Cab Driver's View, can call him in his cab...

"You can call me. Hey Clever, I'm here in Miami right now. I miss New York City alot. Can you take me to Times Square? I'd like to see the lights. No problem. I'll take you there. A personalized tour of New York City directly from my cab."

Since he announced the launch of the seb site a couple of weeks ago, Clever says he's had over two million hits. He's hoping to make some deals and sell enough books to pay for his investment. But he's really doing it...

"Because I love this town."

. You can find him at ny-taxi.com.