France: For le Taxi, Blazing Seats

For le Taxi, Blazing Seats

A wild ride in a Paris taxi can be an electrifying experience. Soon, it may prove to be even more shocking. Cabbies, alarmed by a recent wave of attacks by passengers, are eyeing a device called le siege qui brule, the hot seat. Wires beneath the rear seats are connected to the taxi's battery. The driver can step on a pedal to deliver enough electricity to stun even a crazed gunman.

The hot seat was invented last year by two ex-soldiers in Israel, where 300 taxis are now wired. The device has been exported to Australia, West Germany and Saudi Arabia....