New York's iconic yellow cabs get an upgrade
New taxis will include antimicrobial seats, reading lights and a new horn sound.
Tue, Apr 03, 2012 at 03:30 PM
NEW CITY TRAVEL: The Nissan NV200, New York's Taxi of Tomorrow is unveiled April 3 at the New York Auto Show. (Photo: Stan Honda/AFP)
NEW YORK — With a big sunroof to take in towering skyscrapers, USB outlets for computing devices and an onboard odor-buster, the new version of New York's classic ride — the yellow cab — is getting an upgrade.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the Nissan NV200 on April 3 with Carlos Ghosn, chief of Nissan, which last year won the contract to supply the city with new taxicabs.
"The Nissan NV200 unveiled today will be the safest, most comfortable and most convenient taxi the City has ever had," said New York City Mayor Michael 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," the mayor added.
The vehicle — an air conditioned minivan — will also make an appearance at the New York Auto Show starting April 6.
It boasts sliding rear doors, more legroom for passengers, who will be welcomed with reading lights, a power outlet and two USB outlets — apparently for all their charging-while-rolling needs.
Passengers can set the temperature on the heat and air conditioning in the rear, there is an intercom system to speak with the driver and the seat upholstery is antimicrobial.
Even the horn has been tweaked, to make it less annoying, and the classic dark yellow has been lightened a touch. The cars cost $29,700, and will start replacing taxis being phased out from late 2013.
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