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B.C. Taxis getting military navigation technology called ‘GPS’, 1995

A British Columbia taxi company seemed to be on to something when it put GPS devices in its cabs. In July 1995, the CBC’s Ian Hanomansing reported on a B.C. taxi company that had started using GPS devices to keep tabs on its cabs.

The devices could also be used to keep tabs on drivers, an angle the CBC’s Ian Hanomansing explored on Prime Time News on July 17, 1995.

Pottinger said the information the GPS provided could help the company call out so-called cheaters — drivers who said they were in one place, but were actually elsewhere.

“A classic example of cheating is when a driver drops the fare off at the airport and then tells the computer he’s actually downtown,” Hanomansing explained.

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