Driveless taxi, soon in Japan

Japan’s cabinet office, Kanagawa prefecture and Robot Taxi Inc. on Thursday said they will start experimenting with unmanned taxi service beginning in 2016. The service will be offered for approximately 50 people in Kanagawa prefecture, just south of Tokyo, with the auto-driving car carrying them from their homes to local grocery stores.

According to the project organizers, the cabs will drive a distance of about three kilometers (two miles), and part of the course will be on major avenues in the city. Crew members will be aboard the car during the experiment in case there is a need to avoid accidents.

Source: RoboCab: Driverless Taxi Experiment to Start in Japan – Japan Real Time – WSJ

Comfort taxis now have touch screen?

I was taking my uncle’s cab last month when I notice this TV screen.

Comfort taxis now have information services

(Comfort taxis now have information services.)

They’ll be some ads and it runs on and on and on.

The touch screen springs to life once the meter starts running. Located at the back of the front passenger seat, the sounds would annoy you the entire trip.

“Can turn this thing off?” I asked.

The taxi driver cannot turn it off for you. Can only guide you to turn it on. It seem to be by (bad) design to run voices to your head while you get back from a tiring day.

Interestingly, you can query movie listings and stuff. When you’re really bored you can take a look at bits of news or stare at repeating advertisements.

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To turn it off… Okay I forget, but happy fiddling.

My brother loves the Calcutta (Taxi Taxi Taxi) song

He’s actually listen to the song that plagued the airwaves back when I was secondary school. The same song that got me irritated for reasons too personal to name. How the hell did that surface again. It should’ve been dead and still six feet under.

Dr. Bombay – Calcutta (Taxi Taxi Taxi)

The (ever) infectious song is recorded by Jonny Jakobsen who churn out hits like: Rice and Curry; Calcutta (Taxi Taxi Taxi); and SOS (The Tiger Took My Family). Throughout his europop career, he tried to be Indian (Dr. Bombay), Scottish (Dr. MacDoo) and a Mexican (Carlito).