Monday, May 31, 2010

The Unicab: NYC's Future Taxi?

A couple of years have passed now since the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) announced its search for a vehicle that would replace the taxis of New York City with something that better fits the times. The TLC created a website for creative types to submit ideas for the "Taxi of Tomorrow," and one of the more interesting proposals to come in over the last couple of years is something called the UniCab.

The groundwork for NYC's Taxi of Tomorrow is quite simple: 

    • Meets highest safety standards
    • Superior passenger experience
    • Superior driver comfort and amenities
    • Appropriate purchase price and ongoing maintenance and repair costs
    • Smaller environmental footprint (lower emissions and improved fuel economy)
    • Smaller physical footprint (with more usable interior room)
    • Compliance with appropriate Americans with Disabilities Act requirements
    • Iconic design that will identify the new taxi with New York City
Born out of those guidelines, the UniCab looks nothing like a traditional taxi, aside from the yellow color. The UniCab features seating for four passengers, an automated ramp for those with disabilities, an infotainment center that displays intended routes and attractions along the way and outward sight lines that allow all of the passengers to get a great view of the glorious city of New York. Though nothing more than a design sketch right now, the UniCab could change our perception of taxis in the future and make hailing a cab the hip, green thing to do.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Time To Shine: Disabled Actors In Mainstream TV Shows

The following is an article currently on NPR's website that highlights a wonderful trend that is steadily growing: disabled actors in mainstream television.  This is something that hopefully will continue to occur. Hit the jump to see more.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Aaron Fotheringham's Insane New Trick

Hardcore Sitter Trailblazer Aaron Fotheringham has accomplished a new trick that is a variation of his signature move, the wheelchair backflip.  The clip above speaks for itself.  Enjoy!