Woe le taxi

I was stuck in traffic behind a taxi earlier today, and spotted – or rather, couldn’t miss – a huge LCD screen sitting behind the driver’s head. It was showing a medley of ads, news snippets and so on, in a package that I assume is similar to the really annoying stuff you get on some trains now. Although it’s for the entertainment of passengers, it’s crystal-clear when you’re in a car behind it – and it’s nearly impossible to take your eyes off.

The downsides of in-car videos have been apparent for some time – amusingly, in the US there have been cases of “drive-by porning” where unsuspecting commuters are subjected to porn clips courtesy of the car next to them – but a giant, back-facing screen in a taxi is downright dangerous, even when its content is perfectly innocuous.

4 thoughts on “Woe le taxi

  1. Laura says:

    There are loads of them in Edinburgh – was this in Glasgow? *Sigh* – why can’t people just be content to look out the window any more?


  2. Squander Two says:

    > Although it’s for the entertainment of passengers …

    Nope. I’ve been in one of them bloody taxis. It’s just a way of shoving adverts down your throat. I wouldn’t mind if the massive payment they must be getting from the advertising agencies reduced the cab fare. As if. And then they want a tip.

  3. Gary says:

    > was this in Glasgow?

    Drumchapel :-o

    > It’s just a way of shoving adverts down your throat.

    True. The worst examples I’ve experienced weren’t in taxis, though: in a Thomas Cook flight (so incredibly loud it made your teeth rattle and overpowered a hacked iPod playing heavy metal), on the bus from Stansted Airport into London, and on the Heathrow Express. It’s not so much the advertising – I’ve become resigned to the fact that you’ll get blasted by ads wherever you go – but the sheer volume of the things. Airport buses and trains are for sleeping on, I think, and holiday flights are for trying not to think about cigarettes :)

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