New York City's future yellow taxi has been chosen.

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  1. ACMM
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    It'll be a fleet of Nissan NV200s with skylights and electronic charging plugs, plus retractable steps that make entering and exiting easier.

    Slideshow: A brief history of NYC taxi cabs

    The new model was approved Thursday by the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission with a 5-2 vote.

    The Nissans will replace the more than 13,000 existing cabs as they age and are retired — based on a five-year schedule created by the TLC.

    The new taxis will be on New York roads starting in the fall of 2013.
     
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    I so miss the old checker cabs. I used to wave off other taxis just so I could ride in the checker with the folding rear seats.
     
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    "The iconic New York City taxi has gotten a passenger-friendly makeover from Nissan with low-annoyance horns, USB chargers and germ-fighting seats to cut down on bad odors. Medallion owners will be required to buy the Nissan NV 200 at a cost of about $29,000 starting in late 2013."

    Low annoyance horns? What's the point of having a horn then?
     
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    A sign of the times.

    I chuckled reading how the drivers were grumbling about the choice of future cabs and would guess it's not the first time cabbies have grumbled about change.
     
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    Maybe New York could focus more on getting the garbage off their streets than picking a new cab design every three years. I've lost track of how frequently it changes, and the bullet proof glass makes me feel like I'm in the back of a police cruiser.
     
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    These were excellent cars. Fun to ride in. Easy to repair if that issue arose.
     
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    Got experience with that? ;)
     
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    Well, my brother did get held for a short time because he tried to assume my identity. So for a brief time before they figured it out I was "in the system."

    But more seriously, the bullet proof glass seems impersonal, and it creates a bad image for the city. One of the things I noticed when I moved to Seattle is that all of the Bank of America branches have bullet proof glass at the teller windows. I'd never seen this at bank until I moved there. There were more important reasons why I eventually ditched them, but I moved to Wells Fargo in part because they don't do that, in Seattle or the Bay Area. Maybe there's a safety issue, but a lot of banks seem to be doing okay without it--a lot of taxis, too.
     
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    Indeed I prefer to visit cities where the cabbies are honest and I don't need to be protected from them by that bullet proof glass. ;)
     
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