“They’re midget cars, I guess you can call them,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “We have acquired a number of them to test them out. Actually, in many instances they are more maneuverable than the scooters. They’re also cheaper, interesting enough.”
Department officials said the Smart cars will be safer and have air bags and air conditioning, both of which the scooters now lack.
If the program is successful, the NYPD will purchase 100 more and begin swapping out the aging scooters, which can cost up to $27,000 apiece, according to Deputy Commissioner Robert Martinez of the NYPD’s Support Services Bureau.