The History of Taxi

history of taxi

We may think of the modern taxi as a common place experience, however the taxi hasn’t been around forever. We’re have to share with you some information about the history of the taxi and some interesting facts that you can share with your friends or your taxi driver on your next cab.

It is also known as a taxi or a cab, is a type of vehicle which you will hire with a driver, it is used by a single passenger or small group of passengers or for a non-shared ride. A taxi transport passengers between the locations of their choice. This is different from other modes of public transportation where the pick-up and drop-off locations are known by the service provider, not by the passenger, although demand responsive transportation and share taxis provide by bus/taxi mode.

Taxi, in one form or another, have been around for more than three centuries. Today there are a more of different cabs, from horse drawn tourist attractions to the standard yellow taxi to luxury limos, which people use to get from one place to another. The history of taxi is long and varied, although the rich long ago had themselves “taxied” from one location to another location using servants or drivers. In ancient times, the rich and the royalty had themselves transported on the backs of slaves from city to city.  

Horse-drawn for hire hackney carriage began operating in both London and Paris in the early 17th century. Royal announce in both cities regulated the number of carriages, which was the first example of taxi policies. In the 19th century, Hansom cabs largely change the older designs because of their improved safety and speed.

Who Invented the Taxi?

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The taxi name gets it from the taximeter, which was invented in the year 1891 by Friedrich Wilhelm Gustav Bruhn in Germany. In 1897, the first taxi with a fully functioning meter and complete was invented by Gottlieb Daimler so it was called the Daimler Victoria. Gas-powered taxis came first to, Paris, Germany and London, and then to New York in the year 1907.

Are Taxis a Worldwide Phenomenon?

Taxis has increase in all areas of the modern world and in various forms. While taxis can be either gas powered or human powered and we’ll focus on the more modern gas powered variety. Soviet taxi cabs are the norm in Afghanistan, while Australians prefer the classic Ford Falcon for their go to taxi. Other common car models used for Taxis are the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, the Scion xB, Hyundai Elantra and the Volkswagen Type 1 (VW Bug). One thing’s for sure is the taxi comes in all shapes and sizes, with one main goal and it is to get passengers where they are going quickly and with excellent miles per gallon with a good service.


What Cities have the most taxis?

It is unclear which city wins the race for the more taxis, but the following cities around the world have the more taxis:

  • Lima, Peru
  • London, England
  • New York City, New York
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Tokyo, Japan