The Taxi of Tomorrow Made a PickUp in NoMad Last Week
Tuesday November 8, 2011
First the Mayor and now the “Taxi of Tomorrow” exhibit was on display here in NoMad and Flatiron, proving once again just how vibrant this neighborhood is. To our dismay the new cab doesn’t fly, drive itself or talk to passengers, but it seems to look pretty cool, when it was display across the street from the Flatiron Building the other day. The concept vehicle is slated to take over for the fleet of 13,000 yellow cabs that grace the city’s streets starting in late 2013.
At the exhibit here in NoMad you were able to actually climb into the roomy backseat mockup of the Nissan’s NV200 prototype — winner of the Taxi of Tomorrow contest — so that you could pretty much feel like you are riding through the streets of NYC, well at least without having your heart in your mouth as you would in a normal cab ride as the driver overtakes a truck on 2nd Avenue! What we did notice is that the new cabs have improved leg and head room, lots of space to fit four large luggage pieces, and one of the coolest things is the mobile charging station with an electrical outlet and two USB plugs for your Blackberry or iPhone.
The new Nissan taxi will have a fuel efficiency of 25 mpg compared with 12 mpg for the Crown Vic taxis that still make up a majority of the Big Apple’s cabs. But it represents a step down from the 34 mpg achieved by the city’s hybrid Ford Escape taxis.
InnovationNewsDaily asked a cab driver about anything else he might want to see in the perfect taxi cab. “A driver massage chair,” he said. “We work long — that’s a 12-hour shift.”
The Taxi of Tomorrow exhibit ran through Nov. 5.
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