Okay, so just the phone charger part is true. Now you can keep talking on your cell just like the driver.
New York City (9315MF)’s next generation of yellow cabs will be minivans featuring sliding doors, antibacterial seats, airbags in the back and outlets to charge mobile phones.
City officials unveiled the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” manufactured by Nissan Motor Co. (NSANY), at the New York International Auto Show yesterday. The vehicle, on display to the public from April 6 to April 15, was engineered to be durable enough to handle the city’s 6,300 miles (10,136 kilometers) of pothole riddled streets, according to Nissan officials. New Yorkers will begin hailing the new cabs in the fall of 2013 as the NV200 minivan, priced at $29,700, replaces the city’s fleet of 16 taxi models by 2018.
Nissan beat Ford Motor Co. (F) — maker of the Crown Victoria taxi that’s most common today — and Turkey’s and Karsan Otomotiv Sanayi & Ticaret AS (KARSN) to clinch the 10-year contract in May. “The fact that we have been selected means a lot about the versatility of the platform” of Nissan’s NV 200 model, currently available as a cargo-toting van, Carlos Ghosn, chief executive officer of Nissan and Renault SA (RNO), said in an interview, after presenting the cab at a reception yesterday attended by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “You can adapt this product exactly to the city’s very demanding needs in terms of safety, comfort, fuel efficiency, emissions, modernity.”