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<p></p> <p>New York City's "Taxi of Tomorrow" suffers in comparison to a flying, time-traveling DeLorean or a talking robotic car named KITT. But the cab may pack enough creature comforts for taxi riders to prove a worthy successor to the city's venerable Crown Vics when it debuts in 2014.</p> <p>The city held its "Taxi of Tomorrow" contest to find a rugged, fuel-efficient replacement for its 13,000 yellow taxis that carry 600,000 riders every day. The winner, Nissan's NV200 concept vehicle, received a short public exhibition that allowed curious visitors to check out a partial mockup of the cab interior.</p> <p>Here you can get a sneak peek at the vehicle that will carry both New Yorkers and tourists into the future.</p> <p><i>Follow InnovationNewsDaily on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/%22%20%5Cl%20%22%21/News_Innovation" mce_href="http://twitter.com/%22%20%5Cl%20%22%21/News_Innovation">@News_Innovation</a>, or on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/InnovationNewsDaily" mce_href="http://www.facebook.com/InnovationNewsDaily">Facebook</a>.</i></p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>A New York City taxi drives by the "Taxi of Tomorrow" exhibit that went on display across the street from Manhattan's historic Flatiron building from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>Curious visitors stop by outside the "Taxi of Tomorrow" exhibit. The partial mockup offers just a glimpse of what will ultimately be a $29,000 vehicle.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>Looking in at the "Taxi of Tomorrow" exhibit from the entrance. A steady stream of visitors trickled in throughout the afternoon.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>People talked with Nissan product specialists about the auto manufacturer's NV200 design that won New York City's taxi contest. The partial mockup only includes the passenger and trunk space.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>A view from the front of the "Taxi of Tomorrow" exhibit shows people checking out both sides of the partial mockup.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>Nissan's NV200 design beat out competitors from Ford and a Turkish company called Karsan. But the auto manufacturer is still collecting input from the city's regulators, taxi drivers and riders' associations.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>Visitors climbed in two at a time to check out the interior of the "Taxi of Tomorrow." The backseat configuration can fit up to three passengers, and consists of antimicrobial material that can be easily wiped down.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>A look inside the "Taxi of Tomorrow" mockup shows the virtual cab ride experience offered by videos taken while driving through New York City.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>The concept taxi includes a passenger touch screen. Below, a mobile charging station with an electric outlet and USB plugs for riders to charge their personal electronic gadgets.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>Nissan's taxi concept includes a transparent roof panel that gives riders an even better glimpse of the city's skyscrapers.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>The rear window of the "Taxi of Tomorrow" mockup shows video of New York City's busy streets during the virtual cab ride.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>A visitor leaves a chalk message on the outside of the "Taxi of Tomorrow" concept after exiting the virtual cab experience.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>Messages from visitors to the "Taxi of Tomorrow" exhibit show a wide range of comments and suggestions for Nissan and New York City.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>Visitors examine the chalk messages left by others on the "Taxi of Tomorrow" exhibit.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>The NV200 concept vehicle that won New York City's "Taxi of Tomorrow" contest.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>The open trunk of the NV200 concept vehicle can fit four large suitcases, as well as smaller luggage piled on top.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p>A top view of Nissan's NV200 concept vehicle shows the future taxi's roof panel that provides riders with a better look at passing skyscrapers.<br mce_bogus="1"></p>

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