The Electric Commentary

Monday, August 01, 2005

The Great Taxi Auction

When you hail a cab in Singapore, it's quite the process:

The taxi driver receives a satellite message on his little thingie, specifying where the customer wishes to be picked up and where he wishes to go. The cabbie, if interested, then enters a bid for how much he will charge. The customer is matched with the cabbie who enters the lowest bid. Amazing, no? And if it is raining, you have the ability to pay more to actually get a taxi.

This story struck a chord as my wife returned from a summer in Rome today. Her cab fare to the airport this past morning was 50 Euros due to an "inconvenient time surcharge."


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