The New York City fleet will participate in a connected vehicle pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and administered by the NYC Department of Transportation (N.Y. DOT). Connected vehicle technology will be installed in 8,000 vehicles from the city fleet, UPS, Metropolitan Transit Authority, and NYC Tax and Limo Commission-licensed vehicles. Nearly half of the vehicles equipped with the technology will belong to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).
The connected vehicle system deploys sensors and global positioning systems on vehicles and street infrastructure. With these sensors, the vehicles and infrastructure can communicate with each other, identify potential hazards, and alert drivers to take preventive actions. DCAS and N.Y. DOT will install the technology in conjunction with the upgrade of the fleet’s telematics systems.
This pilot is part of a national effort to deploy, test, and operationalize cutting-edge mobile and roadside technologies to connect vehicles to each other and to street fixtures. In 2016, connected vehicle pilot programs were announced in New York, Wyoming, and Florida.