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CityCab - the Carbon Fibre Taxi

03 October 2006

Helsinki Polytechnic and the University of Art and Design Helsinki have developed a dedicated taxi concept similar to the London Cab, but redesigned and equipped with the latest technology.

The designers say that CityCab's fuel consumption and emissions are both extremely low thanks to the hybrid powertrain by Toyota and the vehicle's ultra-light body. They say that the carbon fibre composite body, manufactured using SPRINT technology, weighs 75% less than a steel body and that it's also cost-competitive. The vehicle's crashworthiness has been determined through computer simulation.

The vehicle's air suspension system allows the floor level to be lowered to a desired height during a stop., whilst the even floor and wide door facilitate easy entrance.

CityCab is a research vehicle whose functionality will be tested against other current alternatives in the taxi traffic of Helsinki metropolitan areas. Prior to this, it will be shown at international car shows where the taxicab's performance will be systematically evaluated from the standpoints of both customers and experts. For the time being, CityCab is a non-commercial R&D project even though more than 40 companies are involved in the project. Helsinki Polytechnic, the project leader, is however willing to negotiate the commercial application of the work accomplished.