Japan rolls out “Silence Taxis” that prohibit drivers from chatting up riders
Hate making small talk in taxis? This Japanese cab service hears you.
Miyako Taxi in Kyoto has begun test-driving “Silence Taxis,” where the driver will not speak unless the customer speaks to him first. Ten quiet cars in the 354 taxi fleet now have a notice attached to the back of the passenger seat headrest which explains that the driver will greet you when you get in, and confirm your destination and desired route. But then the rest of the ride will proceed in blissful silence – except in the case of an emergency, of course.
“This service is currently in a trial stage, with the goal of creating an in-car atmosphere that provides the most comfortable ride for passengers through limiting the driver’s speaking,” Miyako Taxi announced in a statement.
This is a dream come true for introverted riders.
— homes4u (@homes4u) April 7, 2017
The small talk in cabs is so irritating. Can you drive & let me be!!!
— Ndi Palatable 😍 (@Thakgatso_Maja) October 23, 2016
Uber really needs an option where you can select in advance if you don't want small talk.. if I didn't NEED to take cabs I wouldn't #sheesh
— Celestial Celeste (@CelesteTheGreat) January 7, 2017
But for the majority of riders without access to Silence Cabs yet, wearing headphones and listening to music, or pretending to be on the phone, still work as universal “do not disturb” signs.
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