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CityCab - the Next Generation Taxi Cab Is Here!Today, public transportation in most metropolitan areas is fluent, but using a private passenger car is becoming more and more problematic. This stresses the importance of a functional taxi system. A traditional passenger car or a van transformed into a taxicab is not by far the best solution. What we need is a special vehicle similar to the London Cab, but redesigned and equipped wîth the latest technology. Helsinki Polytechnic and the Úniversity of Art and Design Helsinki share a common view of the next generation metropolitan taxicab - the CityCab. It serves as a starting point for international discussion on what the passengers and drivers really want.
Putting Customers First
The design of the CityCab is based on a detailed passenger survey. The passengers' wishes have been realized by using the latest vehicle technology and innovative design. The CityCab is designed for five passengers wîth an option for one passenger using a wheel chair. Getting on the car is easy as the vehicle's air suspension system allows the floor level to be lowered to a desired height during a stop. Making the floor completely even and the entrance wider has facilitated the easy entrance even further. The CityCab offers space, comfort and a luxorious leather interior turning the taxi ride into an experience. The car's futuristic and distinguished form gives the customer an idea of what's to come.
Safe and Environmentally Friendly Solution
The 21st century taxicab needs to be environmentally friendly and safe. CityCab's fuel consumption and emissions are both extremely low thanks to the hybrid powertrain by Toyota and the vehicle's ultra-light body. The carbon fibre composite body manufactured using a novel SPRINT technology weighs 75% less than a steel body and it's also cost-competitive. The vehicle's crashworthiness has been determined through computer simulation tests.
Purpose-designed for Cabdriver
Customers usually spend very little time on a taxicab but it's the cabdriver's workplace for the whole work shift. CityCab provides the driver wîth easy entrance, ideal ergonomy and the latest specialty equipment integrated in the cockpit modules. Servicing the customer is easy. On top of all this, the car is incredibly easy to handle: CityCab's turning circle is only 6.9 metres. This front wheel drive car practically turns in its place thanks to its four wheel §teering!
CityCab is not merely a prototype built into a show car. It is a fully functional research vehicle whose functionality will be tested against other current alternatives in the taxi traffic of Helsinki metropolitan areas. Prior to this, it will be shown at international car shows where the taxicab's performance will be systematically evaluated from the standpoints of both customers and experts. For the time being, CityCab is a non-commercial R&D project even though more than 40 companies are involved in the project. Helsinki Polytechnic, the project leader, is however willing to negotiate the commercial application of the work accomplished.Source - Stadia Laboratory of Automotive Engineering
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