As you've likely heard, Bloomberg is taking the subway fleet approach to revamping the city's taxis, soliciting proposals from manufacturers—yesterday shortlisted to a possible three: Ford, Nissan and Turkish automaker Karsan, pictured above left to right, respectively—for an iconic new design to be rolled out system-wide sometime around 2014. All three are hideously ugly variations on an ungainly and tall (roll-over prone?) minivan-style design. Is this one of those times when we should just copy the Brits? Better yet, let's see how Hollywood has envisioned the future of taxi transportation...
Backseat passenger-melting security beams from Heavy Metal (1981):
Polite, credit card-accepting robot drivers named Johnny like in Total Recall (1990):
Womb-like, self-driving designs more akin to private subway cars (Tom Cruise not included, we hope), as in Minority Report (2002):
Retro-futurist Streamline-style floating cabs whose sullen drivers will lead cops on inter-borough chases, just like in the The Fifth Element (1997):