NYC Cars to Talk to One Another Under Traffic-Safety Pilot Program (subscription)

Your New York City bus or taxi may soon be able to sense the movement of vehicles and the timing of traffic lights within a several-block radius as part of a trial program to reduce road injuries and deaths....In the next year, up to 8,000 vehicles will be equipped with the technology, including nearly 6,000 yellow cabs, more than 1,000 Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses, 500 city and sanitation vehicles and 400 UPS trucks. Kaan Ozbay, a professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, said that although connected technology has been tested in other cities, such pilots involved fewer vehicles or vehicles that aren’t on the road as frequently as those chosen for the New York City pilot. “This is probably the largest pilot test so far in the world,” said Mr. Ozbay, who runs a university research center focused on connected cars and who will analyze some of the city’s data.

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