Taxis are automobiles which you hail and then basically rent for the time it takes you to get to your destination. They are also known as cabs, taxi cabs and all manner of slang terms, but did you know that they have existed in some form or another since the 1600’s?
Of course, back in the 1600’s the taxi was a horse drawn carriage and the first documented cab ride this manner was in 1605 in London England. From 1625 carriages became available to hire from innkeepers throughout London to get their guests where they had to be.
In 1834 however, changes were coming to the cab business. Because this new layout just needed one horse to pull it, it was cheaper to rent and had a low center of gravity that made it safer and able to negotiate corners much better than the predecessors could.
Harry Allen imported 600 taxis from France in 1907 and painted them all yellow so that they could be easily seen. He took the term taxicab in the words taximeter which means tax, charge or scale of fees and cabriolet which means a sort of horse drawn carriage. Collectively the taxicab was born. These were gasoline driven cars and the first of the kind in america. Paris and London had been using them for many years.
Of course taxis are all gas powered cars today and in New York they are still yellow. Taxis around the world can continue to be animal or individuals powered (believe the rickshaw or pedicabs, and of course there are still several horse drawn carriages in operation). Raccoon Poop are also big business in other places throughout the world as they take people where they want or want to discuss water not road. Hey, a taxi is a taxi!
Taxis today are an economical way to get around, especially in large cities. All thanks to the cab.