Here at UniCab we love to see innovative design solutions for transport problems. Check out the elegance of this flying car design from Aeromobil.
AeroMobil is a flying car that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel. As a car it fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic just like any other car. As a plane it can use any airport in the world, but can also take off and land using any grass strip or paved surface just a few hundred meters long.
The power to contract and compel medallion owners to purchase the Nissan NV200 from Nissan for 10 years does not exist in the City Charter.
And with that sentence, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler ruled yesterday that New York City’s plan to standardize its 14,000 medallion taxis is unlawful.
Taxi owners rejoiced.
Fare-paying passengers, on the other hand, either shrugged or sighed at the loss of a cleaner, more spacious, more pleasant alternative to the current mix of ill-adapted sedans and crossovers.
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* Specifically designed as passenger vehicle for urban use
* No retrofitting or adaptation of standard passenger cars or vans
* Entire roof of the vehicle made of plexi-glass, allowing unobstructed passenger views of New York’s skyscrapers
* Flexible seating for up to five passengers, with comfortable, roomy seats
* Additional cabin space for strollers, luggage or shopping bags
* Purpose-build, accessible—fully 100% ADA-complaint
* Illuminated wheelchair ramp on both sides of vehicle
* Space in vehicle for wheelchair maneuverability
* Specialized handrails and restraint systems
* Wide doors open to 90 degrees
* Keyboard/screen communications for the hearing impaired
* Braille displays for the visually impaired
* Space designed specifically for the comfort of guide dogs and other service animals
* WiFi capabilities, Internet access
* Flexibility for the most sustainable engine mode available
* Ease of switching one engine to another:
o Operation with a gasoline engine
o OR a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine
o OR a gas-electric hybrid engine
o OR an all electric engine (within the product life cycle)
Ford’s design is based on the Transit Connect van, which is available in the U.S. and was named 2010 North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Aside from the advantages of a vehicle that is already in production and available domestically, Ford have released both compressed natural gas and all-electric versions of the vehicle complete with extra leg room, an information and entertainment system in the back for passengers, and a fare-tracking system.
* This vehicle is not completely wheelchair accessible; although there is certainly room inside for a wheelchair to fit the wheelchair user will not be able to embark and disembark independently. It appears to have no other special disability accommodations.
These posters are in a handy size for laminating and using in presentations regarding our accessible, sustainable UniCab Design.]]>
Chris Burrell, founder and director of UniCo Design Co (UniCo) along with the team for the UniCab TAXI OF TOMORROW design, has beaten all odds and is one of small number of submissions competing in the New York Taxi & Limousine Commission’s quest to find the “The Taxi of Tomorrow”.
The project is a unique opportunity to explore upgrades to the existing NYC taxi fleet by learning about possibilities for a more appropriate vehicle that reflects the needs of its diverse stakeholders – passengers, drivers, owners and NYC residents. The RFI seeks to gauge the various options available to bring a new model medallion yellow taxicab to New York City in the near future.
Among the requirements envisioned for the new model taxicab are:
Up until now, Chris Burrell has led a small dedicated team of vehicle designers engineers, ergonomic transport specialists, economists, access consultants and concerned citizens (most of them with one form or another of a disability) to get to this point on the world stage
The submission, in part, highlighted the following points:
1. We can partner with a strong American auto OEM to build, deliver on time at an affordable price to the required standards.
2. It will be substantially built in the USA.
3. Our design is innovative and makes a break from the past and will evolve to take advantage of new technology now available.
4. The design has evolved over the past 10 years driven by a passion & extensive stakeholder consultation to produce a universal purpose designed taxi vehicle.
5. The name UNiCAB says it all.
6. We will be able to meet the the phase-in rate of 200 vehicles per month.
7. We will meet the Oct 2013 first delivery date.
8. We will partner with the TLC as requested in the RFP and propose a participative / collaborative ownership.
9. More New Yorkers will want to ride in the UNiCAB and raise the morale of taxi drivers and patrons.
10. Therein exists the possibility of transforming the whole industry and the publics perception to multi-ride.
11. We have the capability to raise the funds to complete the project.
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Our company’s first managing director, Jacob Baldwin, passed away in the early hours of this morning after an extended illness. We are so very sad to lose him, and so glad that he saw the huge positive reaction to our NYCTaxi submission before he left us.
Jacob Francis Baldwin, “gifted” with the condition of Cerebral Palsy Athetosis, had an eclectic range of personal experiences and professional skills.
Qualified as a rehabilitation Councillor [the first person with a classified disability in Australia to graduate] and Trainer, his knowledge and experience spanned over 30 years in a professional capacity in the Disability Industry.
Jacob was respectfully known as an ideas man with follow through plus. He was known throughout the nation for his determination and commitment to people with classified disabilities by travelling around Australia in an electric wheelchair demonstrating to the public that it’s Ability that counts. Jacob lived on the Far North Coast of N.S.W. Australia.
He ran a Training Agency and was an International motivation speaker. Jacob was a recipient of the 2000 Australian Achiever Award. In his spare time Jacob found great joy in assisting others to achieve their potentials. His leisure interests were chess, reading, writing, cooking, people watching, meditation, performing poetry and travelling.
From Jacob’s list of many “Firsts”:
Jacob was a tireless advocate for innovative access solutions for people with disabilities. The many people who knew and admired Jacob will sorely miss him.]]>
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This website is still a work in progress, but we hope that the slideshow images on the front page and our downloads will help you see what our UniCab Taxi of Tomorrow has to offer to New York, through harnessing design and technology to enhance accessibility and address ecological concerns in this hugely popular form of transport.
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