Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Putting rickshaw drivers out of business?

On display at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show was a one-person vehicle obviously inspired by the rickshaw:

And just when old-fashioned rickshaws were making a comeback!

Seriously, though, rickshaw drivers aren't likely to become victims of automation anytime soon. In the few cities in Japan where they still shuttle tourists around, rickshaws are as much personal guides to the city as they are a means of transportation. A good rickshaw driver will point out all the trendy places to visit, so that his (or her) passengers can visit them at their leisure later on.

—Mellow Monk

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