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1. Carriages for hire began to appear in London from the early 17th century. What was the names given to these vehicles at that time?
2. What was the name given to a driver of a hackney carriage?
3. Sometimes a hackney coach came with a postilion (or postillion) in addition to the driver. Where did he normally sit?
4. Following London's example, a hackney carriage hire service opened up in the early 17th century in which other sophisticated country of the time?
5. By 1834, hackney carriages for hire had been replaced by which other soon to be very familiar vehicles?
6. By 1869, the Hansom cab had made its way across the Atlantic and was beginning to emerge all around the streets of which modern city?
7. In the short interim between the advent of petrol cabs and the demise of the Hansom cab, electric (battery powered) cabs appeared on the scene for a time. What nickname were these given?
8. The world's first gasoline powered, meter equipped taxicab was invented at the close of the 1890s, by which famous German automobile designer?
9. Another major innovation took place in taxicabs in the 1920s. Can you guess what this was?
10. Taxicabs can now be seen in practically every country in the world in one form or another. Thinking about the concerns of the age, what is the next big thing beginning to be incorporated into taxicabs - in a very positive way?
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