New York — At New York’s annual auto show, Nissan is introducing its NV200, a new taxi model that will include a hearing loop system for people with hearing loss who wear hearing aids with hearing induction technology.
New York is the first city in the United States to require a hearing loop system in its new cabs, according to Janice Schacter-Lintz, chair of Hearing Access Program. Schacter-Lintz spearheaded the campaign to have hearing loops included in the new taxis, advocating to New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) when they were selecting the next generation of taxi styles for New York.
Writing in the comments section of AutoGuide.com about the NV200 introduction, Schacter-Lintz said, "Kudos to the TLC for including a hearing/induction loop in all new Taxis of Tomorrow that will benefit consumers as well as drivers who are hard of hearing. NYC is the first city in the United States and is following London’s lead, which has been installing loops since 1998. We hope other cities in the United States and around the world will follow the TLC’s lead. No one should ever worry that they will end up in NOHO [north of Houston St] when they meant SOHO [south of Houston St.] because they could not hear the driver. We were thrilled to be part of this historic project."