Cities are doing a lot of hemming and hawing when it comes to the rideshare apps that are devouring their taxi businesses. In one of the more progressive moves, the Southern California city of Long Beach is revamping its taxi fleet with a big design and tech upgrade so they can tackle these startups head on.
French police have raided the offices of Uber in Paris as the taxi service continues to operate in the city despite officials claiming that it breaks national laws.
This is a taxi in Hong Kong, with 13 phones attached to its dashboard, some smart, some dumb. And believe it or not, there's a method to this madness.
In a future where time machines come with a fare meter, anyone with cash and strong cab-hailing skills can travel back in time to that meeting they've already missed. Just pray you flag down one of the flying DeLorean cabs, because there's no way you're getting up to 88 miles per hour on city streets.
Some people are so stupid they deserve to be arrested. Like an accused bank robber from Atlanta, Georgia, whose failed bank robbery saw him head out to his getaway taxi—only to realize he didn't have any money for the fare and return to the bank to take out some cash.
Pure luck, that's how. She decided to kill herself today, jumping from the 23rd floor of her hotel. Fortunately, the taxi in where she landed wasn't too hard and she survived. Injured, but survived.
Cab drivers know their cities intimately, using shortcuts and side streets to bypass traffic jams and (hopefully) get you to your destination more quickly. Now Microsoft is hoping to tap into this talent and design better driving directions for online maps.
Taxi top displays, those triangular advertisements on top of NYC cabs, are getting a facelift. And even though it looks like the base of an iMac is now attached to the roof, I think it looks good. Or at least better.
You know recession has reached a new low when two Italian plumbers from Brooklyn go to Staten Island to beat a cabbie and steal his cash. That's more or less what happened at this gas station last Halloween.
We've heard about automated transport pods for years, but London's Heathrow Airport has just opened the first complete system, a $41 million network to take air travelers to their cars.
This morning the L line was halted in NYC—my roommate and hundreds of desperate Williamsburg hipsters couldn't get into Manhattan. And while the subway is still great*, I wish we had Robot Taxis.
What's that? Airport security forced a 20-year old woman to give up her $140 iPod Nano to pay for a $49 cab ride after her credit card was declined? James Taylor to the rescue!
Add these modded clock to our ever-growing list of awesome clocks. If you ever happen to get your hands on a functional taxi meter (I have no idea how you could actually get one) you can turn it into a digital clock with a little electronics know-how. Unfortunately there aren't any step-by-step instructions, but the…
Love 'em or hate 'em, New York wouldn't be the same without its massive fleet of taxis. So it's no surprise to hear that the ubiquitous yellow cars are getting a high-tech makeover. Within the next two weeks, NYC cabbies are gonna be fitted with a touch-screen display that'll let passengers catch up on…
Cab drivers across the globe are boldly calling bullshit on the recent addition of GPS systems to taxi cabs, which makes obvious sense. In the mass majority of cases, cab drivers know the city they're in better than I know my way around a strip club—so navigation wouldn't and shouldn't be a concern.