For people who live in towns and cities, catching a taxi cab is a regular pastime. Hailing one on the street can be dangerous, and persuading one to stop seems to be more about luck than anything else. Taxi stands or taxi ranks provide an alternative, but they normally amount to nothing more than a structure to keep out the worst of the weather. The TAXI station from Designnobis seeks to up the ante, providing a visual presence for taxi cabs and their potential passengers.
Two years ago we reported that London’s iconic black cabs would be getting a green makeover
with a fleet to be fitted out with zero local emissions hydrogen fuel cell power systems in time for the Olympics in 2012. Now the first prototype fuel cell black cab has been unveiled. It is powered by hydrogen fuel system hybridized with lithium polymer batteries that allow the vehicle to operate for a full day without the need for refueling.
Scottish council, West Lothian (near Edinburgh), has given the green light to a local cab company to run a fleet of Toyota Prius
vehicles. The decision makes Calder Cabs the first cab company in Scotland to offer the hybrid cars after the council determined that the Prius could be licensed as a private hire vehicle.
June 13, 2007 For all the convenience of not carrying cash around, credit cards can still be a fairly cumbersome way to pay, particularly for small purcahses. Visa's PayWave system cuts the signature out of the process for transactions under $25; you simply wave your card at a sensor, wait for the green light and go. The system already has about 31,000 implementations in the United States and is now rolling out into New York taxicabs, where it will speed up the payment process.
October 2, 2006 The best known taxi design in the world is the London Cab, and competitors for the purpose-built design have been remarkably rare. Which kinda makes the CityCab significant, because it offers a vehicle that is clearly better suited for transporting commercial passengers than 99% of taxis in use worldwide. Helsinki Polytechnic
and the University of Art and Design Helsinki
developed the CityCab based on a detailed passenger survey. Designed for five passengers with an option for one passenger using a wheel chair, the CityCab employs a hybrid powertrain from Toyota and simply bristles with good ideas (for a taxi cab).