A look at New York City taxis of the future
(New York - WABC, April 4, 2007) (WABC) -- Some of the hottest cars out there are now in town. It's for the New York Auto Show, opening to the public on Friday.
Our cameras got a privileged look inside the Javits Center today. You can check out new trends and cool concept cars -- and you can also check out an exhibit about the history of the taxi cab.
Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg did and has a look into the future of transportation.
The taxi has been a part of New York City for a century and while we often take them for granted. This exhibit pays tribute and pushes for even better cabs in the future.
Deborah Martin has a vision for the yellow cab that goes well beyond getting people from point a to point b.
"We want the cab to be greener," she said.
So to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the New York City taxi, the Design Trust for Public Space is holding the Taxi 07 exhibit right outside this year's Auto Show. From mini models to concept cars, some are even ready to hit the streets like the standard taxi. The price? About $26,000 dollars -- competitive with current cabs.
Cab drivers might like one Crown Vic we found, which can go up to 200 miles an hour. Others have fuel efficient engines. One PT Cruiser cab is lithium powered. And many are designed to consider the passengers with disabilities.
And for a little back seat humor check out one ride created by Rides Magazine. And consider the fact that editor Brian Scotto is 6 foot 8.
The Taxi 07 exhibit opens to the public on Friday April 6th and runs through the 15th. It is free and you do not have to buy a ticket to the Auto Show to see it. It's right outside the Javits Center along 11th Avenue.
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