If you buy something for a song, you get it cheap. But in early July in the Finnish city of Turku, people paid for a taxi with only a song — no cash or credit needed.
The pilot taxi service ran from July 6 to 8, during the Ruisrock music festival. It shuttled festivalgoers from the Aura riverbank to the festival bus station, a 10-minute ride.
The driver, Topias Uusipere, said that the electric taxi plays karaoke music for passengers to sing along to. Users make playlists before the start of the ride. But if the singing stops, so does the engine.
“The car does not move without singing,” Uusipere said.
The shuttle was run by Fortum, a Finnish power company. Fortum wanted to draw attention to electric cars. They can help fight global warming by cutting emissions.
This year, 100,000 people attended the festival. Artists such as The Chainsmokers, N.E.R.D and Dua Lipa performed. (Reuters)