Taxi of Tomorrow on display at New York Auto Show [Videos]
The Taxi of Tomorrow, aka the 2014 Nissan NV200, is a very innovative concept for vehicle design. The NV200 Taxi design reflects the collaboration of the general public. Not a single automaker dictating how the taxi should have been built or modifying an existing vehicle. Input was taken from taxi owners and drivers, passengers of all kinds, and anyone else who could share their ideas on how to improve a taxi. Nissan designers and engineers listened and responded with the Nissan NV200 and notable features include:
*A spacious and roomy cargo area to accommodate luggage for four passengers.
*Sliding doors with entry step and grab handles for easy entry and exit
*USB charging access for passengers
*Independent, passenger controlled rear-seat heat/air conditioning with a grape phenol-coated air filter to improve cabin air quality
*Flat floor – with no hump to improve legroom and overall comfort
*Enhanced interior materials, which helps passenger cabin smell fresher
*Breathable, anti-microbial, easy-to-clean and environmentally friendly seat upholstery Standard navigation system with integrated rearview backup monitor
*Driver and passenger intercom system
*Lights that alert other road users that taxi doors are opening
Additionally the Nissan NV200 features a 150,000 mile powertrain warranty along with a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine, which is supposed to get very good mileage. The taxi also has many great safety features like front and rear-seat occupant curtain airbags, seat-mounted airbags for the front row, and Vehicle Dynamic Control.
New Yorkers hop into the back of a taxis over 600,000 times a day, so this new taxi is considered to be vitally important. Visitors can see the “Taxi of Tomorrow” at the 2012 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center from April 6-15.
"We're proud to introduce a new era of urban mobility to New York with the Nissan NV200 Taxi - New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow," said Carlos Ghosn, CEO and President of Nissan at the debut. "The Nissan taxi will deliver unprecedented levels of innovation and comfort to New York's 600,000 daily taxi riders."
The Nissan NV200 reflects the ongoing collaboration with many organizations such as the Design Trust for Public Space and Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The project began in 2007 as an initiative to establish the vision for a next-generation New York City taxi. There was a rigorous evaluation process, and the Nissan NV200 Taxi was selected in May 2011 as NYC’s exclusive ‘Taxi of Tomorrow.’ The NV200 should begin to be seen on NYC streets in late 2013 and will be the taxi of the city for the next ten years.
"The Nissan NV 200 will be the safest, most comfortable and most convenient taxi the City has ever had," said New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "New York City cabs have always been iconic, and now they will set a new standard. The 600,000 passengers who use taxis to get around every day deserve the cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line safety features that this model delivers."
To put it into perspective there are 13,000 taxis that travel around 500 million miles per year in NYC. That's a lot of driving for cabbies!
Nissan will take steps to make sure testing is properly done with the NV200. (They have even tested a fleet of Nissan NV200s with Fedex in London.) This will actually be the first New York taxi to be crash-tested with taxi equipment installed, including the partition.
The Nissan NV200 Taxi will be built in North America at Nissan's manufacturing facility in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Nissan's manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of the NV200, with all planned standard features, will be approximately $29,700.
For more information on the Nissan NV200: www.taxioftomorrow.com.