Originally called the Hansom safety cab, it was designed to combine speed with safety, with a low centre of gravity for safe cornering. Hansom's original design was modified by John Chapman and several others to improve its practicability, but retained Hansom's name.
Over 200 episodes have been completed, plus a one-hour special. All episodes of Cash Cab were shot in Canadian cities, with all but 1 season of 26 episodes filmed in downtown Toronto. Season 5 was shot in Vancouver in the summer of 2011. The cab used is a Toyota Sienna minivan. History