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24 February 2008

Cabs forward

The City of New York is looking ahead to new and improved taxicabs:

The Taxi of Tomorrow project is a unique opportunity to explore upgrades to the existing NYC taxi fleet by learning about possibilities for a more appropriate vehicle that reflects the needs of its diverse stakeholders — passengers, drivers, owners and NYC residents.

The desiderata for the new vehicle:

  • meets highest safety standards
  • superior passenger experience
  • superior driver comfort and amenities
  • appropriate purchase price and on-going maintenance and repair costs
  • smaller environmental footprint (lower emissions and improved fuel economy)
  • smaller physical footprint (with more useable interior room)
  • universal accessibility for all users with a goal of meeting ADA guidelines, (wheelchair accessible), and
  • iconic design that will identify the new taxi with New York City

It's a tall order, to be sure. And the new cabs will almost certainly not be cheap. Then again, a single NYC taxi medallion will set you back over $400,000 [link goes to PDF file] all by itself, so the cost of the actual taxi is pretty much incidental.

Posted at 8:18 AM to Driver's Seat