Singing Will Earn You a Free Ride in Finland's New Taxis This Weekend

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In Finland’s Singalong Shuttle, you’ll get a free ride just for singing—and not even for singing particularly well. Run by clean energy company Fortum, the taxi service accepts karaoke performances as the only form of payment, Lonely Planet reports.

A tablet placed inside each vehicle lets passengers select a song and sing along to lyrics displayed on the screen. If riders are suddenly struck with backseat stage fright and stop singing, the car will come to a stop.

Sadly, the service will only be offered during the Ruisrock music festival in the southwest city of Turku from July 6-8, but the company hopes it will start a discussion about clean energy that outlives the promotion. All of the taxis will be electric, emission-free BMW cars.

“With Singalong Shuttle, we want to show people in a joyful way how comfortable and easy it is to drive an electric car,” Jussi Mälkiä, Fortum’s brand manager, told Lonely Planet. “The silent electric cars make it possible to enjoy singing without background noise and emissions.”

Finland isn’t the only place where you can get your karaoke cab fix, though. The company Green Dot Taxis in Boldon, England, encourages riders to belt out a tune, and in the U.S., the “Car Trek Karaoke Cab” in Northern Michigan is equipped with laser lights and a karaoke machine (with microphones, of course).

[h/t Lonely Planet]

Wednesday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Computer Monitors, Plant-Based Protein Powder, and Blu-ray Sets

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This All-in-One Storage Solution Can Be Used at Home or Carried on the Go

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Whether you're looking for a durable storage solution for your garage or a roomy pack for a long camping trip, the collapsible RUX carrier can help keep your stuff safe and secure without taking up much room in your closet when you're done. And until December 10, you can support the project on Indiegogo.

The main idea of the RUX is to serve multiple purposes at once. You can carry it around like a backpack or duffle bag during a weekend trip outdoors, or you can use it as a stationary storage bin for your car or home. Despite being strong enough to hold your bulkiest gear, it only weighs around four pounds and is designed to be collapsible, so you can fold it up and slip it away afterwards. (Unfolded, the RUX comes in at 15.7 by 19.5 by 13.8 inches.)

And if you're looking to use it during more serious outdoor adventures, you can rest assured that its weatherproof construction will keep your stuff dry in the rain. There's even a window that allows you to double-check that your items are safe and sound.

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The RUX was created with sustainability and longevity in mind. Not only does the RUX have a lifetime warranty, but each component can also come off and be replaced easily so you can continue using the product no matter the problem. RUX is a member of 1% For The Planet, which is a group that gives back 1 percent of sales to environmental causes, even if they are not profitable.

There is still time to back the RUX campaign and reap the rewards. If you back $196, you’ll get your first RUX along with it. However, if you back $265, you’ll get one RUX, two divider totes, an EDC pouch, and two utility straps. If you back $449, you’ll get all the same things from the second level along with an extra RUX. If you want to back $515 or $725, you’ll get double or triple everything, respectively, from the second level.

The RUX campaign ends on December 10, so there is still time to back this product through Indiegogo. Shipments of RUX will hopefully start by June 2021.

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