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Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot Program

The Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot will allow companies that provide vehicle safety technologies, such as electronic data recorders (sometimes called “black boxes”), driver alerting systems, and speed governors, to test these technologies in any type of TLC-licensed vehicle. 

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 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.

If you have questions, please direct them to


When will the Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot begin?

The pilot will begin when the first safety technology is 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

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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