Taxi innovation at NYIAS
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the modern-day taxi in New York City, the 2007 New York International Automobile Show (NYIAS) will host the Design Trust for Public Space’s exhibit of innovative taxi prototypes that could usher in a brighter future of the iconic yellow cab.
"The New York Auto Show always strives to create unique and memorable experiences for visitors," said Mark Schienberg, President, Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. "We’re pleased to host this groundbreaking taxi exhibit with the Design Trust, as it promises to be a distinctly New York encounter for showgoers, and an opportunity to educate them about innovations to come."
The exhibit is part of Taxi 07, a project of the Design Trust for Public Space, that will celebrate the taxi’s centennial, foster design innovation, and develop a taxi system strategic plan in partnership with the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission.
"Stepping off the curb and hailing a cab is the quintessential New York act, symbolizing the power and freedom of our city," said Deborah Marton, Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space. "We’re excited to join with the New York Auto Show and others to bring sustainable mobility, access for all, and good design to the New York City taxi."
In a show of support from the City, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has designated "Taxi Week" in New York City from April 6-15, 2007, concurrent with the public days of the auto show, and the Empire State Building will be lit up in yellow to commemorate the taxi’s centennial.
The centerpiece of the Taxi 07 project, the streetscape-themed exhibit will showcase the contributions of automotive, design, technology and academic partners. The Taxi 07 Exhibit, presented by Standard Taxi, will feature nine taxi prototypes, along with taxi-related installations and displays, which collectively highlight innovations in sustainable mobility, accessibility, and good design.
Taxi prototypes and displays will include:
- The Kia Rondo Taxi, a collaboration with Kia Motors America, and top New York-based design firms Smart Design, Antenna Design, Birsel + Seck, and others, to transform this new crossover vehicle into an innovative yellow cab;
- The Standard Taxi, a purpose-built, fully ADA-compliant taxi equipped with an integrated recessed ramp to accommodate wheelchairs, motorized scooters, baby strollers and walkers;
- A lithium-powered, zero-emissions taxi from Hybrid Technologies leveraging the latest advances in battery technology;
- The race-ready World’s Fastest Taxi, a Crown Victoria equipped with a 1,000-horsepower hydrogen engine for projected speeds of 200 mph;
- A unique tribute to the yellow cab from RIDES(TM) Magazine — a hi-riser Crown Victoria complete with an exaggerated ground clearance, large wheels, and bright paint; and
- Visionary taxi scale models and component prototypes from leading design schools Art Center College of Pasadena (Calif.), College for Creative Studies (Detroit), and Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
The Taxi 07 Exhibit will be located in the inner roadway of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, at 11th Avenue and 35th Street in New York City, and will be open during the public days of the New York International Automobile Show.