GPS Rescues $600K Violin Left in NYC Cab

Technology 'cut the driver out of the picture,' says taxi boss
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 18, 2009 11:49 AM CDT
Hahn-Bin left his violin in a New York cab.   (
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(Newser) – GPS technology reunited a violinist with the $600,000 instrument he left in a New York cab yesterday, the Times reports. After Korean musician Hanh-Bin left a vehicle without his 18th-century instrument, the Taxi and Limousine Commission was able to find it in less than an hour, using the cab’s GPS transmitters and Hanh-Bin’s route to figure out which car the musician took.

The driver hadn’t even realized the violin was in his trunk when he was contacted by officials. “We cut the driver out of the picture,” said the commission’s chairman. “This is kind of a first in that respect.”