Creative Prompt #332: Taxicab

taxi medallion

Definition: “A taxicab, also known as a taxi or a cab, is a type of vehicle for hire with a driver, used by a single passenger or small group of passengers, often for a non-shared ride. A taxicab conveys passengers between locations of their choice. This differs from other modes of public transport where the pick-up and drop-off locations are determined by the service provider, not by the passenger, although demand responsive transport and share taxis provide a hybrid bus/taxi mode.

There are four distinct forms of taxicab, which can be identified by slightly differing terms in different countries:

  • Hackney carriages, also known as public hire, hailed or street taxis, licensed for hailing throughout communities
  • Private hire vehicles, also known as minicabs or private hire taxis, licensed for pre-booking only
  • Taxibuses, also known as jitneys, operating on pre-set routes typified by multiple stops and multiple independent passengers
  • Limousines, specialized vehicle licensed for operation by pre-booking

Although types of vehicles and methods of regulation, hiring, dispatching, and negotiating payment differ significantly from country to country, many common characteristics exist.” (Wikipedia)

Yellow Cab

Etymology: “Harry Nathaniel Allen of The New York Taxicab Company, who imported the first 600 gas-powered New York City taxicabs from France in 1907, coined the word “taxicab” as a contraction of “taximeter cabriolet“. “Taximeter” is an adaptation of the French word taximètre, coined from Medieval Latin taxa, which means tax or charge, together with meter from the Greek metron (??????) meaning measure.[1] A “cabriolet” is a type of horse-drawn carriage, from the French word “cabrioler” (“leap, caper”), from Italian “capriolare” (“to jump”), from Latin “capreolus” (“roebuck”, “wild goat”).

The taxicabs of Paris were equipped with the first meters beginning on March 9, 1898. They were originally called taxamètres, then renamed taximètres on October 17, 1904.[2]“(Wikipedia)

cab fare

A natural analogue to angles and trigonometry is developed in taxicab geometry.

Taxi Cab” song by TWENTY ONE PILOTS

Checker cab

United Taxicab Workers – CWA

Taxicab Industry. In the United States, there are approximately 6,300 companies operating 171,000 taxicabs.

Taxicab Confessions

Taxi ( TV Show 1978–1983)

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors established an Advisory Taxicab Committee in September 1994.

Taxi Driver (1976 movie with Robert DeNiro and Jody Foster)

cab driver

taxicab with the doors open. A phrase used to describe a person who’s ears stick straight out from their head (at about a 90-degree angle) (Urban Dictionary)

In mathematics, the generalized taxicab number Taxicab(k, j, n) is the smallest number which can be expressed as the sum of j kth positive powers in n different ways. For k = 3 and j = 2, they coincide with taxicab numbers. (Wikipedia)

The A-Team: Season 2, Episode 7 The Taxicab Wars (1 Nov. 1983)

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