Taxik

The concept

The Taxik is a series of concept ideation for a new generation of ‘Medical Taxis’ specifically designed to carry sick people to hospitals or medical clinics. These taxis would be used instead of ambulances in cases where the full-sized (North American) ambulance and it’s team is not needed. These taxicabs would be quieter, smoother to ride in, and easier to work with than cars when it comes to carrying people to the clinic or the hospital.

The background

Not everyone needs an ambulance to go to a medical facility or to bring him or her back home. This new kind of taxi could carry people to medical facilities at a fraction of the cost of an ambulance, which normally includes two ER technicians.

How it works

The Taxik would be the same size as current North American minivans. However, its side access door would be designed so that geriatric chairs could be loaded inside the vehicle. It could be powered by conventional engines or by in wheel electric motors.

The Taxik’s passenger bay would be designed with a low floor, also making it easier to move geriatric chairs or wheelchairs inside the vehicle. This bay would incorporate hidden seats in the floor for regular patients who are able to sit and buckle up. These seats would deploy with the touch of a button activated by the driver. They would be similar to the stow and go seats found on Chrysler minivans.

A window would isolate the driver from the passengers to reduce risk of contamination when passengers carry a virus or other airborne disease. Inside the patient’s bay, there could be items like a trash bin, facial tissue, and bottled water in case the traveller gets sick. A good communication system (including a traffic LCD display) would be installed in the Taxik so that people in the back would be able to clearly hear the driver and communicate with him easily. Finally, the ceiling would be equipped with coloured LED lights with dimmers to calm travellers as they ride to the hospital or clinic.

What it’s used for

The Taxik would not be built to replace ambulances, but it could be built to reduce the operating cost of transporting patients to and from hospitals and clinics. Transporting people in an expensive ambulance with two technicians is simply a costly way to transport people. The current demographic trends show that more and more elderly people will be in need of such transport.

The designer

I would like to thank Abhishek Roy, who created the image of the Taxik. Abhishek is the founder of Lunatic Koncepts, a start-up design lab based in India. Abhishek’s team also created the renderings for the Alert airship, and the Hexarig 8WD truck.