|GirlDriver, USA drives her first cab|
The drivers and owners of this cab have a number of great new features that bring New York's aging fleet into the 21st Century. Other conveniences and support for the drivers include a driver USB auxiliary audio input and charge port, standard navigation system with integrated rearview backup monitor, a Hearing Loop System for the hearing impaired, driver and passenger intercom system; and all necessary wiring and installation provisions for putting the cab's header and screens in place.
Our drive took us from Chelsea Piers to Sixth Avenue, up to 34th Street and a couple of other loops. It was snowy/rainy so I could have picked up any number of fares. I felt bad for people trying to hail my cab so I stopped or yelled out the window to say I was just test driving. One woman said, "Oh that is so funny. I thought you looked awfully well-dressed." She was giggling all the way to the avenue to find a real cab.
Nissan, which was originally supposed to have an exclusive on the taxi of tomorrow is sharing the road now with Ford, Toyota and other car makers. They have outfitted their commercial vehicle platform, known as NV200 to accommodate drivers, owners and customers. "The Nissan Taxi has great features for customers," said Peter Bedrosian, Senior Manager for Product Development. He pointed out several of the best features. Among them is the big transparent roof that gives riders stunning views of city sights and skyscrapers. Other new features include:
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- Ample room for four passengers of any size
- Room for four normal suitcases and more, although 80% of cab rides are single passenger with no luggage;
- Sliding doors with entry step and grab handles, providing easy entry and exit;
- Opening side windows;
- Independently controlled rear air conditioning;
- Active Carbon-lined headliner to help neutralize interior odors;
- Overhead reading lights for passengers and floor lighting to help locate belongings;
- Mobile charging ports for passengers, including a 12-volt electrical outlet and two USB ports;
- Breathable, antimicrobial, environment-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean seat fabric, simulating the look and feel of leather; and
- Flat "no hump" passenger floor area for more comfortable ride.
Nissan has also partnered with Braun Corp., the world leader in automotive mobility products, to develop, engineer and produce a creative wheelchair-accessible option for the NV200 taxi. Drawing on Braun's innovation and experience in the mobility industry, the mobility package will be available to all New York taxi medallion holders beginning in April 2014.