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Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot Program

The Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot allows companies that provide innovative technologies that may improve the driving habits of TLC licensees, such as electronic data recorders (sometimes called "black boxes"), driver alerting/collision avoidance systems, and analytics platforms, to test these technologies in any type of TLC-licensed vehicle.

First Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot Report (November 2015)
Second Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot Report (September 2016)

With the support of Council Technology Committee Chair James Vacca and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez, the Taxi and Limousine Commission unveiled the Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot Program to the public on June 2, 2015. 

The Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot is an initiative called for in Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero Action Plan, which outlines actions the TLC, Department of Transportation, New York Police Department, other agencies, the public, and the private sector can take to end traffic-related deaths in New York City by 2020.  In combination with other TLC Vision Zero initiatives ranging from greater education about street safety, incentives for safe driving, and enforcement against unsafe behaviors, the Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot is an exciting opportunity to learn how technology can be harnessed to improve road safety and to save lives.

The Commission approved the Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot Resolution on June 19th, 2014, and extended the Pilot by a Resolution on February 25, 2016. Interested technology providers can review the guidelines for submitting a proposal and completing an application to become a pilot participant here.

For more information, please review the Pilot Resolution, which outlines the key terms of the program, as well as the pilot resolution presentation from the June 19th Commission Meeting.

To view the list of Approved Vehicle Safety Technology Participants, please click here.

If you have questions, please direct them to research@tlc.nyc.gov.


When did the Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot begin?

The pilot began April 7th, 2015 when the first safety technology was put into service.

How long is the Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot going to last?
The pilot will last for up to 12 months.

How can technology providers participate in the program?
Instructions for applying to participate in the Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot can be found here.

How many technology providers will be able to participate?
There is no limit to the number of technology providers that TLC may approve to participate.

How can TLC Licensees participate in the program?
TLC licensees may partner with any safety technology company that has been approved by TLC to participate in the pilot program.  TLC licensees who wish to be contacted by technology companies about potential partnerships may join a list of interested licensees that will be shared with technology providers.  To join the list, licensees should send their names, e-mail addresses, and licensee type (e.g., yellow taxi medallion owner, livery owner-driver, fleet operator) to research@tlc.nyc.gov.

To view the list of Approved Vehicle Safety Technology Participants, please click here.

What kinds of technologies are allowed under the pilot?
A wide variety of technologies that promote traffic safety may be approved for participation in the pilot program.  Technologies that would be a good fit for this pilot may include electronic data recorders, driver alert systems, and speed governors.

Are companies that did not respond to previous RFIs precluded from participation in the Pilot?
No, having responded to the RFI is not a requirement for submitting a proposal to participate in the pilot.

Will safety technologies become required in TLC-licensed vehicles?
The results of an evaluation of the pilot program and other relevant information will be considered by the Commission in determining what safety technology, if any, will become permitted or required equipment in TLC-licensed vehicles.

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