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Metrocab debuts in-cab entertainment and office communications technology

The interior of the Metrocab offers WiFi and smartphone mirroring onto an 18-inch colour screen

The interior of the Metrocab offers WiFi and smartphone mirroring onto an 18-inch colour screen

The makers of the Metrocab black cab have unveiled two new innovations that will benefit travellers in the Capital.

The zero-emission Metrocab has been operating on a pilot fleet basis in London since November 2014.

As shown at a leading technology show yesterday (28 June), new developments include the debut of an ‘unhackable’ cab that’s equipped with what the firm says is the most advanced software production available, making it Britain’s most secure vehicle, according to its claims.

In addition, the introduction of home entertainment and office communications facilities into black cabs will enable passengers in the future to do things like send and receive emails, stream videos and check social media while travelling.

Utilising RealVNC connectivity technology, commuters will be able to log onto Wi-Fi in the back of the cab and mirror their smartphone to an 18-inch colour screen mounted in the passenger compartment.

The infotainment technology has been developed by Frazer-Nash Research and uses the Digi ConnectCore 6 system to drive driver instrumentation and passenger displays.

Noamaan Siddiqi, general manager, Frazer-Nash, said: “This pioneering technology is a game-changer for passenger experience. It will also help passengers travel in comfort and put those lost hours stuck in traffic to good use.”

He added: “We are redefining the way people travel. With the connectivity we are offering in the cab, passengers will be able to check emails, watch videos, travel in comfort and have an overall more productive journey.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.