New York City is one step closer to choosing its next official taxi cab. With the Ford Crown Victoria getting on in years, the city is looking for a more efficient and functional way to move its citizens around.
The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission launched the “Taxi of Tomorrow” competition in 2007, searching for a fuel-efficient and wheelchair-accessible car to win an exclusive contract to provide cabs for at least 10 years. The city has not said how much the contact would be worth.
Ford, Nissan, and Turkish company Karsan have all designed minivan-style cabs, each incorporating features that taxi-users value.
“While the city has long set the standards for our taxis, including working to make our vehicles more fuel efficient, the city has never before worked with the auto industry to design one taxicab specifically for New York City,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The winner is expected to be on the road no later than autumn 2014, though total fleet turnover will be gradual over several years as older cabs retire.