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Nissan's New Cab Vans For New York City
Terrafugia's Transition was no doubt the highlight at the New York International Auto Show, but it wasn't the only notable exhibit. Nissan's NV200, dubbed "The Cab of Tomorrow" may not have any technology that makes one go "Wow", but it's still very useful for improving urban road traffic and air quality.
The Cab of Tomorrow is equipped with sliding doors, which is very useful because cyclists often tend to get hit by opening doors in NYC. It also comes equipped with rear compartment climate control, USB charge points and a socket for passengers to charge their electronics. The 2 liter, 4 cylinder engine is very environmentally friendly and will help reduce NYC's carbon footprint.
The NV2000 is no Transition in terms of technology, but it was enough of an improvement over the existing Crown Victorias for New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission to decide to phase it in as the exclusive cab of NYC late next year. Hopefully, the increased legroom and mobile device chargers will encourage more people to use these cabs. The increased passanger capacity means there is need for less taxis to be clogging up the streets and in a place like New York City that would be very helpful.
By Denis Ivanov
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