In New Orleans, taxicab passengers can help themselves to drinks on the go thanks to a new breed of onboard vending machines. Passengers select one of five canned beverages, using a touchscreen display and swipe their debit or credit card to dispense a drink. Each automated unit has the capacity to hold 36 drinks.
The dispenser has been tested for the past six months and the intention is to expand deployment to Chicago and New York.
A spokesperson said “The vending machines will be accessible to any operator that wants to have this technology in their cabs. Passengers across the country will appreciate knowing they can have a cold beverage on the go at an affordable price. They will not have to make an extra stop to get a drink.”