Taxi of Tomorrow Called Not Futuristic Enough

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People look at the new New York City taxi which is designed by the Nissan Motor Co. at an official unveiling on April 3, 2012 in New York City. The new taxis, which will start appearing on the streets of New York next year, service an estimated service 600,000 people daily. The 2014 NV200 Taxi will replace the fleet of iconic Ford Crown Victorias, Ford Escape Hybrids and Toyota Siennas that are currently being used. Some of the highlights of the new taxi include front and rear-seat occupant curtain airbags, a window on the roof, backseat cellphone charging and USB ports and passenger reading lights.NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03:  People look at the new New York City taxi which is designed by the Nissan Motor Co. at an official unveiling on April 3, 2012 in New York City. The new taxis, which will start appearing on the streets of New York next year, service an estimated service 600,000 people daily. The 2014 NV200 Taxi will replace the fleet of iconic Ford Crown Victorias, Ford Escape Hybrids and Toyota Siennas that are currently being used. Some of the highlights of the new taxi include front and rear-seat occupant curtain airbags, a window on the roof, backseat cellphone charging and USB ports and passenger reading lights.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Mayor Bloomberg's so-called Taxi of Tomorrow hasn't exactly received a warm welcome, especially from the New York Taxi Association, which recently filed a lawsuit to stop the city from phasing it in on the grounds that the city's own code requires it to make hybrids available to cabbies. The law says the city "shall approve one or more hybrid electric vehicle models for use as a taxicab,” according to the New York Times, and the model Nissan designed for the project, while efficient, still runs on purely on old-fashioned gasoline.