What Would You Change About the NYC Taxi Cab?
February 8, 2010 4:10 PM Subscribe
"What Would You Change About the NYC Taxi Cab?"
posted by R. Mutt (52 comments total)
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is one response to The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission's call for a new taxi cab design.
New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission:
Today's taxi fleet is made up of 16 different vehicles, supported by 9 manufacturers. None of the vehicles currently approved as taxis were designed by the original manufacturers as taxis; rather they have all been outfitted (“hacked up”) by third party upfitters, garages and meter shops to
conform to TLC’s taxicab specifications. But these current vehicles fall short of meeting the
needs of stakeholders: there is no one vehicle that is clean, accessible, and comfortable and
meets the needs of a New York City taxicab.
The goal of the RFP is to seek a highly-qualified manufacturer that has the knowledge
and practical experience necessary to bring the TLC’s and its stakeholders’ vision of the next
generation of taxicab to fruition, representing all the stated qualities below:
- Meets highest safety standards
- Superior passenger experience
- Superior driver comfort and amenities
- Appropriate purchase price and ongoing maintenance and repair costs
- Smaller environmental footprint (lower emissions and improved fuel economy)
- Smaller physical footprint (with more usable interior room)
- Universal accessibility for all users
- Iconic design that will identify the new taxi with New York City