Nissan's New York City Taxi of Tomorrow edges closer to the streets
Nissan brought the latest (last?) prototype of the NV 200 Taxi of Tomorrow for officials, drivers, and owners to check out and give final input. "Seeing the nobs and buttons put in place, seeing the screen where it is, seeing the whole thing come to life is really exciting. And that was just sitting in the back seat. When we started rolling, it really came to life," said Andrew Salkin, deputy commissioner operations, NYC Department of Finance. Check out the video for a glimpse of future taxis which shows what is possible with purpose-built vehicles. Inside the cab, the roomy back seat area is nice as are the crash-tested partition with video screens, USB ports, and anti-microbial fiber covers on the seats. The Nissan NV200 NYC Taxis of Tomorrow are scheduled to hit New York City streets this fall. Now if they can get past the recent court ruling...
Source: Nissan - Brief press release and pic after the jump.
VIDEO REPORT: New York City Taxi Drivers and Fleet Owners Weigh-in on Final Taxi of Tomorrow Prototype
New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow vision is about to be realized in just a few months. Later this fall, the all-new and completely redesigned taxis are due on the city's streets.
This comes just two years after global car maker Nissan won a bid to redesign and supply the New York City fleet of cabs. Since then the company has been singularly focused on perfecting the vehicle for passengers, drivers, and owners.
Recently the final official milestone meetings for key stakeholders took place in Manhattan. It was a chance for the Taxi & Limousine Commission, drivers and inspectors to react to the Taxi of Tomorrow prototype before production starts.
This meeting, like the many before it, was designed to further refine the vehicle before it is put into service for the more than 600,000 people who hail a cab in NYC each year.
"Seeing the nobs and buttons put in place, seeing the screen where it is, seeing the whole thing come to life is really exciting. And that was just sitting in the back seat. When we started rolling, it really came to life," said Andrew Salkin, deputy commissioner operations, NYC Department of Finance.
Nissan says that from powertrain, to chassis, to interior fit and finish, the Taxi of Tomorrow demonstrates the type of innovative spirit that goes into all Nissan vehicles, on the city streets of New York and around the world.