One thing taxi drivers hate to find are forgotten items passengers have mistakenly left in the back seat. But Kokusai Motorcars Co., a taxi operator based in Tokyo, wants to make sure that no one forgets an item before getting out of the cab. In order to do so, the operator will resort to technology by having cameras inside that specifically watch for such a situation.
All of Kokusai’s 3,100 taxis will be equipped with four small cameras, designed to sound an alarm once an item, which was not captured before a passenger got inside, is spotted. According to the operator, the front seat will have two small cameras while the remaining two will be placed on the ceiling and inside the trunk. The installation of cameras will begin next spring, with about 50,000 yen (approx. $500) estimated to be the cost for each taxi. Although there will be four cameras inside the car, Kokusai Motors said that images of its passengers’ faces will not be taken with clear display.
Besides keeping passengers at ease, equipping Kokusai Motorcars’ taxis will also save cab drivers from always asking their passengers if they have forgotten anything. The company will also be spared from passengers calling their office inquiring for left-behind items. According to Kokusai Motorcars, about 60 percent of the calls they received about lost items are for mobile phones. The other items left in its taxis include small items like wallets, and big ones like watermelons. They’ve also recovered guns and drugs.