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NYC Continues to Experiment with Connected Vehicle Technology

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NYC continues to explore connected vehicle technology, as it launches a new pilot. It’s the next phase of its Vision Zero campaign that Mayor de Blasio announced back in 2014. (The campaign’s objective is to eliminate all serious injuries and traffic deaths in the region by 2024.)

Per the Daily Mail, the city will deploy 8,000 vehicles outfitted with devices that can communicate with each other, as well as with pedestrians’ smartphone apps and roadside sensors. 1,00 buses, 6,000 yellow cabs, 400 UPS delivery trucks, and 500 city and sanitation vehicles will comprise the fleet. Additionally, the city will install the roadside sensors on traffic light stops, and along a 2-mile stretch of road in central Manhattan.

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Currently, approximately 70 vehicles in NYC are already using vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology equipment. Each device has a 1,000-foot range and uses short-range signals to “talk with” other devices in real-time. The city hopes that this advanced technology will significantly boost safety for pedestrians and drivers. Just last year, 214 residents suffered fatalities due to traffic road accidents.

This new pilot program will expand upon the city’s preliminary research and experimentation. It’s already gaining a reputation as one of the largest pilot tests of V2V technology worldwide, as Kaan Ozbay, a researcher at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, stated.

NYC officials will soon finalize the contracts for the new 8,000-vehicle pilot program. We anticipate more details in the days ahead as the city introduces this new larger fleet and brings the technology one step closer to mainstream integration.

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News Source: Daily Mail