The taxi business is quickly changing, with the Ford Crown Victoria
set to take a permanent buyout, hybrids
ready to invade Manhattan by 2012, and now robuCab. The driver-free robuCab was developed in France by Robosoft, and the technology is limited for now. It's a 4WD electric vehicle
relying on a camera that reads a nearby curb and sensors reading both the curb angle and devices planted in the ground.
The slow-moving robuCab prototypes can carry four passengers, but we're not seeing a lot of luggage space in the pictures above. We also don't see robuCab taking jobs from New York's finest any time soon, as the technology still isn't close to being ready for prime time. Then again, we've already seen enough success with recent driverless car
challenges to know anything is possible.