Monday, July 4, 2011

Rickshaws fitted with sat nav systems to beat cheaters

Rickshaws in the Indian capital are to be fitted with satellite navigation devices to stamp out the notorious abuses perpetrated on customers by wayward drivers.
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Transport chiefs hope the electronic mapping display will reduce disputes between commuters who complain of dishonesty and the drivers who claim they work long hours for poverty wages.
From next week GPS devices will be installed in 250 motorized three-wheelers in the city but by the end of July they are expected to be mandatory for the rest of the city's 55,000 rickshaws.
The devices will be connected to a government server which will track journeys and allow officials and passengers to check whether they are taking the shortest routes.
The devices will also be fitted with a panic button to allow women to raise the alarm and call the police if they are attacked.
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