Taxicabs...where they came from!
Tresayre on 06/24/2008
|The taxi or cab industry goes back nearly 400 years. The first rides for hire were hackney coaches. Hacquenee means 'horse for hire'. The hackney coaches were first hired out in 1588 in The Strand, London.|
In 1823 a two-seat carriage with two wheels was introduced, called a cabriolet. The name 'cab' comes from the word cabriolet.
Electic-powered cabs were introduced in the late 1890s, but these were soon replaced by petrol-powered vehicles in the early 1900s.
A German baron invented the taximeter and this was made compulsory in cabs in 1907 in England to calculate the fare payable. The term 'taxi' as we know it today comes from the abbreviation of 'taxicab', a cabriolet fitted with a taximeter.
This quiz is about taxis, cabs and other things associated with them. Enjoy the quiz!
Reference: Wikipedia, Taxi Dreams
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