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Future London Taxi

How can a new vehicle retain the iconic status of the black cab while being super-inclusive?

This flagship project aims to develop a low-emission London taxi that is super-inclusive, meeting the needs and aspirations of drivers and passengers of all ages and abilities. Over the past year the work has focused on three main areas: exterior design, passenger space and driver space. The exterior design has gone through multiple design iterations with input from a range of user groups representing a spread of age, ability, life stage and gender, and experts in access, culture and vehicle design. 

Alongside this, creative explorations of the interior of the vehicle have been undertaken, building on the ideas of the groups consulted. Passenger and driver areas have been considered as separate design propositions unified through a single aesthetic. Extensive research, design and development have been carried out with drivers and passengers in co-creation sessions with the design team. This has been backed up by observation of drivers and passengers on journeys and interactions at taxi ranks. The team has also been working closely with the manufacturer in Istanbul to achieve the best possible result in terms of accessibility and desirability. Prototype vehicles of the design are scheduled to reach the streets of London in early 2016. 

The project is led by Professor Dale Harrow and Rama Gheerawo.

See 2014 project

Hexagon and Karsan logos
Hexagon and Karsan logos

Project Manager: Chris McGinley

Project Researchers: Helen Fisher, Samuel Johnson, Daniel Quinlan, Elizabeth Roberts

Research Partners: Hexagon Studio and Karsan