Truck Trend reported on Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow from the 2012 New York Auto Show, pointing out some of the vehicle’s innovations and highlights. Now we have a video with Mike Hobson, director of Nissan’s Light Commercial Vehicles and Fleet group, giving us a demonstration of some of these features.
Although far from the traditional full-size sedan in form, the Nissan NV 200 is a quantum leap forward in many respects, packaging greater room, practicality, and efficiency in a smaller, more nimble footprint. Among some of the features of the taxi are a built-in side step that moves in tandem with the sliding side door offering improved ingress and egress, integrated lighting that signals to drivers when a passenger is exiting the vehicle, or when a cab is available for hire.
The partition between the driver and passenger compartments, which was formerly an aftermarket retrofit on sedan-style taxis is now built-in from the factory, and this design integration allows for greater legroom for passengers, as well as extended seat travel and adjustability for the driver. Built-in to the partition is a grab handle with an integrated pass-through coin tray, braille and raised-letter signage, a 15-inch video screen, separate climate controls for the passenger, and an intercom system that accommodates hearing-aid systems.