It's already been two years since Nissan's NV200, aka the "Taxi of Tomorrow," was meant to begin replacing New York City's fleet. But uptake has apparently been slow, and I have yet to see the Gotham's streets awash in them.
Maybe New York made a mistake in choosing the NV200. Maybe they'd have been better off taking a look at cartoonist/inventor Steven M. Johnson—the guy who did these wacky auto concepts—and his unsolicited ideas for the Taxi of Tomorrow competition, which seem to take actual reality into account. His work is below (captions his).
We all know what everyone's NYC cabbie fantasy is. Why not enable it?
Miss the Crown Victorias, but like the convenience of the NV200s? In Johnson's world, you could have it both ways:
Taxis made for economic realities:
Sometimes the drivers are so bad, maybe it would be better not to be able to see the road from the passenger seats. And we could save some space to boot.
The NSFW taxi:
Not all of the concepts are crazy, this automated taxi that can help prevent traffic jams seems pretty sensible:
This last one is my absolute favorite:
See more of Johnson's work here.
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