Why did that NYC cab driver charge you $50 to get to your hotel from the airport when your work associate was only charged $38?
Now you can be sure what to expect before you step into the taxi with the free World Taximeter, available on your PC or mobile phone.
This clever "mashup" site combines directions from Google Maps with local cab fares to give you an estimate of the cost of a cab ride in cities worldwide. Currently, the site offers support for New York City, San Francisco, London, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid and Prague, with many more cities in the works (next up: Paris). Each city listing also provides two or more local cab numbers to call.
The site claims to have more than 85 percent accuracy "and growing."