Prize-Winning Concept Could Bring Vending Machines To New York Taxis

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As the big apple begins to slowly roll out its fancy new fleet of taxi cabs, a contest held by the New York Economic Development Corporation could one day see them further improved with sundry-dispensing vending machines.

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Business students Brian Shimmerlik and Tomas Grosskopf won the NY EDC's 'NYC Next Idea' competition with their idea for TaxiTreats—compact vending machines installed in cabs that dispense small items like gum, headache medication, or even energy drinks.

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For winning the competition the two received $17,500 to further develop the idea. Which will include figuring out if payment is done separately or as part of the cab fare, as well as convincing the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission that it's a viable idea.

With the latter probably involving hefty markups, and the commission getting a healthy cut of the profits. [New York Economic Development Corporation via designboom]

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These look like an updated version of the vending machines that used to be in public bathrooms that nobody ever used.

Also, the energy drink bottle in the picture looks comically small. In real life, assuming the vending machine itself is drawn to scale, you could store approximately 4 bottles of that stuff in there. I suppose that might be enough, given that I can't see anyone using these machines. There are corner delis everywhere a New York taxicab might go - a person can't wait ten minutes to get exactly the drink that they want? Most thirsty people aren't going to settle for a five hour energy if what they really want is a Coke.

I'm sure cabbies are going to love restocking these, mechanics are going to love fixing them when they break and cab companies are going to love storing all that merchandise that nobody ever buys.