The company was founded in and is jointly owned by 1, Helsinki-area taxi drivers and the Helsinki Taxi Drivers Association. Taxi driver training has previously been carried out as monthly classroom training sessions, with a maximum of 20 trainees at a time. Traditional classroom training took seven days, which required a significant time investment from the trainees. Because of the increase in the number of applicants and the changing market conditions, Taxi Helsinki needed to transform its training activities and make the training more accessible by utilising digital tools and learning methods. The aim was to make the training activities more flexible and efficient for both trainers and trainees.
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Manhattan's midtown streets are arranged in a user-friendly grid. In Paris 20 administrative districts, or arrondissements, form a clockwise spiral around the Seine. But London? A map of its streets looks more like a tangle of yarn that a preschooler glued to construction paper than a metropolis designed with architectural foresight. Yet London's taxi drivers navigate the smoggy snarl with ease, instantaneously calculating the swiftest route between any two points. These navigational demands stimulate brain development , concludes a study five years in the making. With the new research, scientists can definitively say that London taxi drivers not only have larger-than-average memory centers in their brains, but also that their intensive training is responsible for the growth.
Acquiring 'the Knowledge' -- the complex layout of central London's 25 streets and thousands of places of interest -- causes structural changes in the brain and changes to memory in the capital's taxi drivers, new research funded by the Wellcome Trust has shown. The study, published in the journal Current Biology , supports the increasing evidence that even in adult life, learning can change the structure of the brain, offering encouragement for lifelong learning and the potential for rehabilitation after brain damage. To qualify as a licensed London taxi driver, a trainee must acquire 'the Knowledge' of the capital's tens of thousands of streets and their idiosyncratic layout.
News Ticker. Cabbies' brains adapt to hold "the knowledge". Cab drivers' grey matter enlarges and adapts to help them store a detailed mental map of the city, according to research.