Taxi Safety

Taxis in Egypt have a minor built-in safety system. When the driver goes over a pre-programmed speed limit, say 100 kph, the dashboard begins to beep. Quickly. Continuously. Until the driver slows back down.

The thought was probably good: let’s warn the driver that there can’t be a sufficiently good reason to be driving the streets of Cairo at such a speed, and this sound will remind him to slow down.

The effect was bad: beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep….

Until eventually it evolves into a single long, piercing, annoying, high-pitched beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep 

It’s a wonder more people aren’t killed on the roads because they willingly throw themselves from the taxi cabs.


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