Transit Gets Social in New Taxi Concepts

New York City has been running a “Taxi of Tomorrow” contest, soliciting designs for a new vehicle. According to the Times’ City Room blog yesterday, one feature suggested by multiple entrants has been conversation-style seating—three seats facing forward and one facing back in one example.

It’s a change that acknowledges the significance of human interaction in the process of getting from one place to another. People aren’t just cargo to be shuttled about. That’s a central point about Weeels too. We believe that users are up for being proactive in the process of their own transportation. That participation is what makes ride sharing possible.

Conversation-style seating focuses on the social aspects of transit in a different, but consistent way. As exciting as that trend is, the aesthetics of the conversation-style submission City Room looked at might not suit everyone…