Taximeters are a part of our everyday lives. For several reasons we need to travel by taxis and the biggest hurdle is ineffective calculation of distance and cost. When the charges for the same distance are drastically different for each trip, the customer feels cheated. Taximeters are not therefore considered to be reliable. Due to this, customers are hesitant to hire a taxi and prefer to travel by personal vehicles. However, with increasing problem of pollution and parking, lesser the vehicles on the road, lesser will be the pollution. People will opt for public transport and hired transport if the charges are reliable.
The new age taximeters designed with Japanese technology have however have overcome most of the problems. They have three clear separate windows displaying fare, waiting time and distance traveled. Also, a real time clock is in-built in the meter. These meters have a sturdy make-up and so external disturbances such as vibrations due to bad roads, potholes, electrical disturbances and high-tension tower disturbances and so on, do not affect the computational capacity. These can be calibrated specifically and so fare calculation is accurate and immediate. These meters have both button-type and flag-type configuration.
The body of the meter is made of pressure die-casting aluminium. It is scratch and all-weather proof. There is a buzzer beep provided for key operation and every money drop. Use of top-class electronic components increases the efficiency of the meters. These meters have heat and oil resistant sensor bodies. These meters not only withstand but directly work on output voltages of the dynamo coil of a rickshaw which gives voltage ranging from 8 volts to 100 volts depending on the throttle speed. These taximeters can be programmed externally with a programming key for setting various parameters as well as to set various tariffs.