22nd Century: Teleportation Regulated in Costa Rica

The very low-cost system that allows people to tele transport from one place to another will have to pay an additional fee to subsidize the old motorized transport system called taxi.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Jorge Cobas Gonzalez
Founder of CentralAmericaData

(A glimpse into the future...)

In this year 2119, the digital application Teletrans, already widely spread all over the world, is installed on the cell phone and allows the person holding it in the hand to indicate on the map the place to go, transporting it almost instantaneously to that destination. The cost of the trip is one cent of a dollar per kilometer, paid through the global system of digital money.

Pressured by the lobby of the taximeter vehicle company owners, the Costa Rican government imposed several taxes and administrative obligations on people teleportation systems to hinder their development. This is a new victory for the taxi drivers' guild, which throughout the XXI century and since the XXII century, have managed to impede all advances in science and technology that could jeopardize their existence.

Costa Rica is the only country in the world that conserves these old systems of collective transport, contributing to maintain it in the first places in the ranking of adventure tourism, especially for young people, who can go through an experience of which they only heard to speak to their great-grandparents, who can tell them of the risk involved in boarding a taximeter without knowing who their driver was, of the need to have in their pocket cash to pay a price always variable, and of exposing themselves to the taxi driver refusing to transport it because the destination was very close. The great-grandfather also told them the incredible thing about not being able to rate the service received, whether good or bad, so that finally the consumers of the taximeter service could not choose what suited their interests.

Currently, the only possible threat to taxi drivers is the one generated by the lawsuit filed before the Constitutional Court by Luis Alvarado Trejos, the great-great-grandson of a driver of ox-drawn carts -traditionally called "boyeros"- who points out that automobiles are dumping for this means of transportation.

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