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Here's What Could Be Replacing the Horse and Carriage Rides of NYC's Central Park

April 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

There’s a new sheriff mayor in town, and he doesn’t really see the charm and nostalgia of the horse drawn carriages doing their thing in and around New York City’s central park. Mayor Bill de Blasio has only been in office for a few months, but he’s made it clear that he wants the horses to head elsewhere for a variety of reasons. We won’t agree or disagree with his thoughts and opinions, but we will let you know of an alternative—old timey horseless carriages.

The New York International Auto Show is busy doing its thing, and as part of the show The Creative Workshop showed off a prototype of what it calls a Horseless eCarriage. There’s oversized wheels, room for up to eight tourists, a lot of shiny brass, and a really big battery—as the whole thing is electric.

By no means are these officially on their way to Central Park, but they are certainly just one of many options. Already opponents aren’t really cool with them, as they’re thinking that more motor vehicles around all the joggers, walkers, and kiddos isn’t the best idea. These new old-fashioned autos would be limited to just five miles per hour inside the park, but could get going to around 30 miles per hour when out on the open road.

This certainly isn’t the end of this story, so we’ll keep you posted if there’s another proposal or crazy car looking to zip around Manhattan.

[Photo: The Verge]

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