June 10, 2015–As part of New York City’s Vision Zero program to lessen the amount of car accidents, the city will start using Mobileye technology to further reduce traffic accidents. Last week, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Commissioner, Meera Joshi, announced the launch of the TLC’s Vehicle Safety Technology (VST) Pilot Program, according to the Times of Israel.
The program includes the installation of Mobileye, which monitors drivers’ driving and alerts them when they are tailgating, veering out of their lane and turning without signaling. The technology can also alert drivers when they get too close to a pedestrian or cyclist, detect debris, curbs, constructions zones, lights and specific signs. If a driver doesn’t seem like they will brake in time, the innovative system will do that too. During these instances an alarm will go off, bringing the violation to their attention and forcing taxi drivers to proceed with caution. This provides them the opportunity to correct the problem versus receiving a heavy fine.
The technology was developed at Hebrew University by Professor Amnon Shashua and has become one of the most pertinent road safety systems worldwide. Mobileye is now standard on models from nearly all car makers in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. They have struck deals with companies such as BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Peugot, Tesla and truck manufactures.
In addition to Mobileye systems, rear cameras will also be installed in NYC taxis. Both camera systems will be hooked up to “black boxes,” which will record everything about a ride, including alarms set off by the Mobileye and IonFleet camera systems, as well as vehicle dynamics such as speed, acceleration, braking, and abrupt turns.
As of last week, ten NYC cabs had the Mobileye system and plans are to add more gradually over the next few months. If the program is successful, it may be widely implemented, the TLC said.