A taximeter is a mechanical or electronic device installed in taxicabs and auto rickshaws that calculates passenger fares based on a combination of distance traveled and waiting time. It is the shortened form of this word that gives the "taxi" its name.
Taximeters can include several accessories, or act as components in larger dispatching/control systems. Features include:
- Fraud control and prevention (on the part of the owner or operator), through the impression of control tickets or computer monitoring. Additionally, taximeters are often visually sealed by a municipal weights and scales authority after initial calibration.
- Dispatching of trip assignments through radio or data systems.
- Credit or prepaid card support