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Hailing - History of the Taxi

The taxi was named after the taximeter


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A taxicab or taxi or cab is a car and driver that can be hired to carry passengers to a requested destination.

What Did We Hail Pre Taxi?

Before the invention of the car, the practice of vehicles for public hire was in place. In 1640, in Paris, Nicolas Sauvage offered horse-drawn carriages and drivers for hire. In 1635, the Hackney Carriage Act was the first legislation passed that controlled horse-drawn carriages for hire in England.


The name taxicab was taken from the word taximeter. The taximeter is the instrument which measures the distance or time a vehicle travels, and allows an accurate fare to be determined. The taximeter was invented by the German inventor, Wilhelm Bruhn in 1891.

Daimler Victoria

Gottlieb Daimler built the world's first dedicated taxi in 1897 called the Daimler Victoria. The taxi came equipped with the newly invented taxi meter. On 16 June, 1897 the Daimler Victoria taxi was delivered to Friedrich Greiner, a Stuttgart entrepreneur who started the world's first motorized taxi company.

First Taxi Accident

On September 13, 1899, the first American died in an car accident. That car was a Taxi, there were about one hundred taxis operating on New York's streets that year. Sixty-eight year-old Henry Bliss was helping a friend from a street car when a taxi driver lost control and fatally hit Bliss.

Yellow Taxi

Taxi company owner, Harry Allen was the first person to have yellow taxis. Allen painted his taxis yellow to stand out.

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