Cabbing in Shanghai becomes easier

29 Dec 2009

Good news for those taking taxis in Shanghai.

A new device allows commuters to choose their destination on the touch screen and then "talks" to the driver.

The interactive map provides a listing of tourist attractions, shopping areas, hotels, restaurants and government offices.

The names of places and their addresses will appear on the screen in English and Chinese as well as telephone numbers. The passenger can navigate left, right, up and down on the map to locate their destination, and a "zoom in" tool is available as well.

The device will be installed in more than 10,000 taxis, a boon for non-Chinese speakers who rely on this means of public transport.

The move comes months before the Expo is due to take place from May to October next year, when 70 million visitors are expected in the city.

Julian Tan

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