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New Yorkers get first look inside 'Taxi of Tomorrow'

travel Updated: Nov 02, 2011 13:06 IST
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New York's commuters have been given the first look at the future interior of their city's iconic yellow cabs.  

A new exhibition running this week in association with Nissan focuses on the new design for the interior of the taxi -- arguably a more important aspect for travelers than the much-loved yellow exterior.

The exhibition, which runs through November 5, was officially opened by New York's taxi & limousine commissioner David Yassky and showcases the design of the Nissan NV200, which will take up the mantle as the city's official taxi from 2013.

One of the most prominent features of the interior includes a transparent roof panel, which allows passengers to stare upward at the Big Apple's famous skyline.

Passengers will have their own, independently controlled heat/air conditioning with an air filter, while anti-microbial interior materials have been selected to keep the cabin fresher for longer.

Technology-wise, the taxis will include USB charging points for passengers to charge their mobile phones and other devices, while a rendering of the interior also shows a screen with a Google Maps interface.

Designed with accessibility in mind, the cabin can be accessed using an entry step and grab handles and boasts a flat floor, along with a cargo area which can hold luggage for four passengers.

New Yorkers can see the exhibition at the pedestrian plaza across from the Flatiron building at Broadway and Fifth Avenue through November 5.