Taxi of Tomorrow

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Taxi of Tomorrow Production Vehicle Debut
April 6-15, 2012
NY International Auto Show
Javits Center
New York City

Taxi of Tomorrow Design Expo
Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2011
Pedestrian Plaza
Broadway at 23rd Street
New York City

Related Publications

Learn more about our strategic plan for the taxi system.

Find out more about the exhibit publication.

Take a look at our first taxi publication.

On April 6, 2012, the first purpose-built taxi designed and engineered for New York City, Nissan's NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow, was unveiled to the world for the first time. This new taxi would not have been possible without the pioneering efforts of the Design Trust for Public Space.

Seven years ago, the Design Trust redefined the taxi as "moveable public space," recognizing how it dominates our streets, provides a crucial transit link, and impacts the city's environmental quality. Through a series of strategic projects (Designing the Taxi, Taxi 07 Exhibit, Roads Forward) the Design Trust helped the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) and New Yorkers realize the potential for a better taxi vehicle and system.

The Design Trust's groundbreaking initiatives catalyzed real change, enabling the TLC to now reach what many thought to be an impossible goal—the creation of the first purpose-built vehicle designed and engineered to serve as New York City's exclusive taxi.

"Bridging the design and policy worlds, the Design Trust played a truly pivotal role in helping us bring New York City's first exclusive taxicab from concept to reality," said David Yassky, Commssioner of the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission. "Their pioneering work will help improve the taxi experience for all New Yorkers."

With the NV200, every taxi driver and passenger will enjoy superior safety, increased comfort and amenities, and improved durability—a tremendous improvement to transportation in the city. Many of the features of the NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow were first identified by the Design Trust, including:

  • a legible roof light for clear communication
  • flat floor for ease of entry and exit
  • lights to indicate passenger exits for oncoming   vehicles and cyclists
  • sliding passenger doors will not interfere with   other traffic or street activity
  • clear, panoramic sunroof
  • greener interior materials
  • one integrated partition for passenger services
  • passenger air bags
  • customized driver area
  • separate climate control for passenger area

In 2013, the NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow will hit the streets of New York. Eight years after the Design Trust holds its first taxi workshop, New Yorkers will be able to hail a safer, more comfortable, user-friendly taxi built especially for them.

From 2005-2010, the Design Trust reimagined the taxi vehicle and system for the twenty-first century. Our goal: a purpose-built vehicle designed and engineered for New York City.

In 2013, this goal becomes reality when the NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow hits our streets.

Learn how our pioneering work brought about this historic collaboration between a New York City agency and an international auto manufacturer >>>

Designing the Taxi

The Design Trust successfully convenes drivers, medallion owners, and city officials alongside with architects, planners, and designers to brainstorm ideas for improving the taxi vehicle at two hands-on workshops. The resulting publication and exhibit present a grab bag of ideas, from the pragmatic (a more legible roof light) to the futuristic (cellphone hailing), for the general public.

Taxi 07

Building on the momentum of Designing the Taxi, Design Trust launched the Taxi 07 program in 2006, a multi-phase effort that celebrated the taxi's centennial, facilitated innovative new taxi designs (Taxi 07 Exhibit), and, in partnership with the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, developed a roadmap for how to improve the taxi system over a 10-year period (Roads Forward).

Taxi of Tomorrow

In 2008, the TLC to launched the Taxi of Tomorrow program to pursue the creation of New York City's first purpose-built taxi. This international competition called for a purpose-built vehicle with superior safety and environmental standards, reduced vehicle and lifestyle costs, enhanced ride quality, improved durability, and accessibility (read the Taxi of Tomorrow RFI that Design Trust contributed to).

After TLC narrowed down the competition finalists to Ford, Karsan, and Nissan, the Design Trust worked with the agency to roll out an interactive public survey in October 2010, which asked every taxi passenger which features were most important to them. Over 23,000 New Yorkers participated in the survey, incentivized by the opportunity to wine a year of free taxi rides, a prized sponsored by the Design Trust.

In May 2011, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that the NV200, designed by Nissan North America Inc., was the winner of the Taxi of Tomorow competition. Recognizing the Design Trust's pioneering role to bring innovation to the New York City taxi vehicle, Nissan engaged the Design Trust as an advisor to the development of the NV200, and as such, brought key staff to their design headquarters in La Jolla, CA for multiple design reviews of every aspect of the new taxi.

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