'Taxi of the Future' hybrid cabs set to hit New York City streets

September 20, 2013 8:56:30 AM PDT
The so-called Taxi of the Future will be hitting New York City streets in the near future.

The new hybrid cabs, Nissan NV200s, are expected to start running in October.

They are bigger, inside and out, and come with panoramic roofs.

Riders will also be able control the climate and charge phones on USB ports.

Bicyclists will know when someone is exiting a cab, and to avoid collisions, the doors slide open instead of opening out.

With a boxy shape and painted a brighter yellow than the city's current taxis, the cab offers a different experience for riders - starting with a flat, hump-less floor that makes shifting from one side to the other a simple task. They'll also have more leg room and even odor-reducing and anti-microbial fabric to help deal with, well, you know, anything you might smell in the backseat of a cab.

There are floor lights to help find anything that may have fallen to the floor, as well as overhead lights for reading. Luggage can go into the cargo space in the rear.

The Nissans will replace the more than 13,000 existing cabs as they age and are retired - based on a five-year schedule created by the TLC.