The city again could have a single-model taxi fleet as it did when Checker cabs ruled the road, officials said Wednesday as they sought design ideas from the auto industry.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission launched a drive to "bring the next iconic taxi to the city's streets" by formally soliciting input from the automobile industry.
Packages outlining design goals, technical requirements and other data were sent to industry leaders.
"The sky's the limit," TLC Commissioner Matthew Daus said.
The Ford Crown Victoria is the dominant cab on the streets, but its days are numbered.
The Bloomberg administration has imposed escalating miles-per-gallon requirements that will result in the phasing out of the Crown Vic over the next three to five years.
In its outreach, the city is raising the idea of a manufacturer designing and building a vehicle just for cabbies and passengers.
The TLC has a roster of acceptable passenger cars and vans that then must be outfitted with partitions, meters and other industry-specific equipment.
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