Mobile network EE has unveiled a fleet of 4G enabled black cabs which will hit the streets of London and Birmingham.
EE, the UK's first 4G LTE carrier, has given 50 traditional hackney cabs a hi-tech makeover by fitting them with a state-of-the-art MiFi wireless router that acts as a mobile 4G hotspot connecting the cabs to EE's 4G network.
EE says that every day over 200,000 black cab journeys are taken across London alone and that over 40 per cent of smartphone users across London and Birmingham say they have been late for a meeting while in stuck in traffic.
However, 1 in 5 commuters said it would make their day less stressful if they had access to the internet whilst travelling in a taxi.
“The first motorised black cabs hit the streets in 1901, nearly 70 years before the first smartphone was available to consumers, now we are bringing this icon of British transport into the 21st century with a 4G make-over," said Spencer McHugh, Director of Brand, EE.
"We hope this trial will demonstrate the benefits of a superior online experience as users can browse, download, catch up on emails, Tweet and check Facebook literally at the speed of light.
"We can’t make taxi journeys any faster but we can certainly speed up people’s smartphones!”
The free 4G service will be available for three months with 40 traditional Hackney carriages in London and 10 in Birmingham decked out with the state-of-the-art technology.