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Prototype Urban Taxi: A New Approach
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published February 01, 1973 by SAE International in United States
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A team of industrial design students designed and built a prototype urban taxi that overcomes several disadvantages of contemporary production taxis including: inadequate interior driver and passenger space, bulky exterior dimensions, and inconvenience to physically handicapped passengers. The vehicle employs a diesel powerplant in the interest of operating economy, reliability, and decreased air pollution. The body, consisting of flat panels fastened to a simple steel rollcage, is suited to low volume production and simple maintenance. Aesthetically, the vehicle was designed to harmonize visually with the urban environment.