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New York City Goes High Tech

If you happen to live in NYC or plan to visit soon, keep your eyes peeled for some new city upgrades - techie upgrades that is. The New York City Police Department has reportedly purchased ten new segways to patrol popular tourist areas like Central Park and Coney Island. These two-wheeled human transporters are said to be great additions to the NYPD because of their visibility, mobility and speed, which is said to be 12.5mph.

The New York Daily News reports that 25 cops have been trained to use these new vehicles which cost about $5000 to $6000 and carry about 260 pounds each. Perfect for patrolling pathways and boardwalks, expect to see them in many city parks and beaches.

Another great technological advancement to the big apple is the addition of touch-screen monitors in city cabs. MSNBC has announced that "NYC's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a plan to install these monitors in all 13,000 city cabs over the objections of some drivers who consider the technology too expensive and intrusive." Already in 200 cabs, these touch-screen monitors will be handy for customers to pay by credit card, check out news stories or restaurant views, and see their cabby route via an electronic map..definitely lots of fun time wasters while you sit in traffic!

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