Last Updated: 2:22 PM, April 1, 2012
Posted: 12:37 AM, April 1, 2012
Here’s the “Cab of Tomorrow” — on the streets of Brooklyn yesterday.
The sleek Nissan NV2000 was not supposed to be unveiled until Tuesday at the New York Auto Show, but an eagle-eyed photographer spotted it rolling along Water Street in DUMBO.
Mayor Bloomberg announced the controversial winner of the “Taxi of Tomorrow” back in May, but this is the actual taxi design that will begin shuttling New Yorkers around in 2013.
The $29,000 minivan beat competitors from Ford and Turkish carmaker Karsan, and was immediately panned for its pedestrian looks after city officials promised an “iconic” design fit for Gotham.
On top of that, a taxi-medallion-leasing organization — the Queens-based Committee for Taxi Safety — said that NYC’s choice wouldn’t stand up to “the poorly maintained streets of New York” because it “uses outmoded engineering, design, and technology.”
Despite the cab critics, Nissan was awarded a 10-year, $1 billion contract to be the official supplier of the city’s 13,000 cabs.
The model’s distinguishing features include:
* Transparent, panoramic roof offering wide vistas of the city
* Running boards deploy when doors open
* 25 miles per gallon, with the potential to be converted to fully electric
* GPS screens mounted to the dashboard, for directionless driving
* Passenger reading lights
* Floor lights to help passengers find lost items
* Separate passenger-controlled A/C
* Cup holders
* A 12-volt power outlet and two USB ports built into the partition wall to power up iPhones, iPads and laptops
* 55 inches of legroom — 10 more inches more than the traditional Crown Victoria
* Back seat for three; no middle humps
* Anti-bacterial and nonstick seats