"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," said New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
The model he was talking about is Nissan NV200, the Taxi of Tomorrow
that was chosen to be the exclusive taxi in New York City starting from late 2013. The taxi made a global debut couple of days ago in SoHo, but it's available for general public for viewing at Jacob Javits Center during the 2012 New York International Auto Show from April 6-15, 2012.
"The exclusive Taxi of Tomorrow draws on Nissan's global experience in commercial vehicles, as well as insight from New York City taxi drivers and passengers, who helped identify important improvements over today's cabs. The Nissan taxi will deliver unprecedented levels of innovation and comfort to New York's 600,000 daily taxi riders, " said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn.
Among the innovations are floor lighting, independently controlled rear air conditioning, transparent roof panel, electric outlet as well as USB ports for charging the batteries of your electronic devices, easy to clean durable seat fabric, low annoyance horn. Nissan NV200, Taxi of Tomorrow, is also the Only taxi ever to be safety tested and certified with full taxi partition.
Nissan NV200 was selected to be the Taxi of Tomorrow in May 2011 after the difficult selection process had come to a successful end. The new Nissan taxis will start servicing the citizens of NYC in late 2013. Also engaged in the vehicle design were The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Design Trust for Public Space and Smart Design also have engaged with Nissan and the TLC.