Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ford reveals ‘Taxi of the Future’

ford taxi

Taxi of Tomorrow, meet the Taxi of the Future.

Confused? Time travel always does that.

Ford has unveiled the next generation of its Transit Connect-based taxi. The current version of the compact van has been plying its trade since 2010 and has become a common sight in cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

But the fleet in the Big Apple is set to begin dwindling in October when the winner of the city’s controversial Taxi of Tomorrow contract, the Nissan NV200, starts to enter service as the exclusive cab for the next decade.

Nissan beat Ford to get that gig, but the Blue Oval brand clearly isn’t ready to surrender the rest of its turf and is touting its new model as the Taxi of the Future in a clear dig at its people-hauling rival.

What the nickname brings with it is a vehicle that promises to be more refined and fuel efficient than the current Transit Connect, offer improved luggage and passenger space with room for up to five fares in two rows of rear seats, and is available with Ford-certified wheelchair access systems installed by third-party modifiers.

It can also be had with a factory-installed prep kit to facilitate the conversion of its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to CNG/LPG operation, which many are touting as the automotive fuel of the future thanks to its domestic sourcing and low price compared to gasoline, less than $2.00 for the equivalent of a gallon in some states.

The Taxi of the Future hits the streets and taxi fleets in the very near future, early 2014.

Police looking for North Austin bank robbery suspect

Man demanded money before fleeing on foot
Police are looking for a man who walked into a North Austin bank last week and demanded money before fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

Austin police responded to the Comerica Bank, 7820 Burnet Road, about 2:40 p.m. on Friday.

Authorities say the Hispanic man was in his mid 20s, 5-foot-8, with brown hair and a thin build. He was wearing aviator-style mirrored sunglasses with a light colored long sleeve button-up shirt and tan pants. He was also carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092, Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES.

You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest or charges being filed.
source: AUSTIN (KXAN)robbery

Good deal on rental turned out a scam

‘Landlords’ listing properties they don’t own:
Chandra Anderson thought at first she found a really good deal on a really nice house. It was three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a yard.

The price? $1,800. Half for the first month’s rent, half for the deposit. She found it on Craigslist.

But when Anderson contacted the supposed landlord, something didn’t feel right.

“They said we could look at the outside, but when we asked to do a walk through that’s when it became fishy,” said Anderson, adding that the “landlord” wanted the cash sent via MoneyGram then she would be able to see the rest of the house.

“They said they would give us the account information after we signed the lease and after we send them the money they’d send the keys. We thought that whole thing was weird.”

Anderson ended up not sending the money; suspicious this was a scam. Turns out she was right.

“People sometimes take homes already on the market and repost pictures on a classified site and use those to say these are legitimate home rentals,” said Jarrod Wise with the Better Business Bureau.

Not only was this house not really on the market, KXAN found out the woman living there owns the house and has no intention of leaving.