New York City Yellow Cabs to Get a Facelift

Travel News — By Candice Walsh on May 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

The famous New York yellow cab is getting a facelift: on the streets of Manhattan, you’ll soon find sleek van cabs.

Nissan Motor Co Ltd. won New York City’s 10-year contract to build the “next generation of taxis,” a deal worth more than $1-billion. Mayor Bloomberg says it will be the “safest, most comfortable and convenient cab the city has ever had.” For New Yorkers, this means cheaper cab rides when you share a ride! Woohoo!

New features for the cabs will include front and side airbags, anti-microbial upholstery, 12-volt outlets and USB plugs for passengers to charge their gadgets, a transparent roof for sightseeing, and a full navigation system. That’s one fancy (van) cab.

Image: Monika Szyma/Flickr

Will this mean that New York’s yellow cabs will beat out London’s black cabs for title of “best in the world”? London’s cab service might be among the most expensive, but according to a survey by, they’re the best in the industry for three years running. They apparently have the friendliest drivers, and they actually know where they’re going…as opposed to NYC cab drivers, who apparently are incredibly rude and can’t get by without a GPS.

And if you don’t want to die, avoid taxis in Rome…they’re voted the worst when it comes to quality of driving.’s survey is based on seven categories, including cleanliness, value, quality of driving, knowledge of the area, friendliness, safety and availability.

What do you think? Is the quality of the cab more important than the actual service? We’d love to hear your thoughts!


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