New York Taxi of tomorrow…but what about the day after that?
New York City put out a YouTube video recently of it’s “Taxi of Tomorrow.” It’s got some convenient features…including anti-bacterial upholstery so the back seats won’t smell so funky. (Hmm, I wonder why?)
Meanwhile, Google’s self-driving car program took a blind man, Steve Mahan, for a drive the other day. Self-driving cars would be good for blind people who have to be driven by a friend or take a cab everywhere. But with Google’s car you just get in and tell it where to go. No driver needed.
So if you’re in taxi-driving school it looks like there’s going to be a short future for New York City’s new cab because the one coming just after that is likely to be a cab with no driver at all. Folks will just call the cab up, get in, and tell it the destination. No more surly drives who barely speak English. And no more funky smell in the back!