by Peter Pachal on Mashable
We’ve already met New York City’s so-called taxi of the future, the Nissan NV200. However, there’s a dark horse contender for the position: VPG’s MV-1. The issue at hand: wheelchair accessibility.
decided last year that it was going with Nissan to build the next generation of taxis for the city. However, at the same time, widespread dissatisfaction with the city’s wheelchair-accessible taxis was boiling over because of stories like this one.
The city was sued over the scarcity of taxis for the disabled, and last December a judge ruled that the Commission failed to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in picking Nissan. The Commission now has to come up with a plan to address the needs of wheelchair users.
VPG wants the MV-1 to be the solution. The SUV-like vehicle prioritizes wheelchair access but still has enough room for four people and the driver in addition to a wheelchair passenger. A ramp extends from the side either manually or via motorized lift (see video below), letting wheelchair users ride in from the curb.
The multipurpose vehicle comes in two versions: The standard one with manual ramp that is the basis of the NYC cab ($39,950), and a luxury version with leather seats and the motorized ramp that’s targeted at individuals ($41,950).
Do you think the MV-1 should be New York’s taxi of the future? What about other cities? Sound off in the comments.
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