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Pilot Projects

Pilot Projects

Welcome to TLC’s Pilot Projects webpage! On this page you will find reports on our current and past pilot projects, along with links for further reading.

A pilot project is a small-scale, exploratory venture intended to test the viability of a project or policy. The TLC finds pilot projects extremely useful in deciding whether or not a proposed policy will improve safety, customer service, and agency operations.

If you have an idea for a pilot that you would like to suggest, please email technology@tlc.nyc.gov.

Current Pilots

Flexible Fare Pilot:

The Flexible Fare Pilot is a 2 year long pilot to allow yellow and green taxis to offer upfront, binding fare quotes to passengers using E-Hail apps. The TLC will study the pilot’s effect on the taxicab industry, including driver income. Click here for more information.

Taxicab Leasing Pilot:

This pilot is designed to offer flexible shift schedules for yellow and green drivers in order to have more vehicles on the road during rush hour. Please click here for more information.

Past Pilots

Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot (April 2015 – April 2017):

Initial VST Report (November 2015)
Second VST Report (November 2016)

Final VST Report (March 2018)

The Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot (VST) was initiated as part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero Action Plan, launched with the support of Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez and James Vacca.

The pilot enabled TLC to test technology innovations for vehicles and their ability to improve passenger and driver safety. Examples include electronic data recorders (or “black boxes”) and collision aversion systems.

For more information about the TLC’s Vision Zero initiatives, please visit. TLC’s Vision Zero page.

Alternative Technology Systems Pilot (May 2016 – May 2017):

Alternative Technology Pilot Final Report (August 2017)

The Alternative Technology Pilot (ATP) authorized companies to install innovative technology in yellow taxis, such as digital taximeters. This allowed the TLC to test whether the technology could a) improve rider and driver experience; and b) reduce costs for vehicle owners.

Used Taxicab Vehicle Pilot (March 2015 – March 2017):

Used Vehicle Pilot Final Report  (March 2017)

In this pilot, TLC evaluated whether the purchase of a used vehicle (under than two years old) would positively impact cost and flexibility in the yellow taxi industry without adversely affecting public safety.

Accessible Dispatch:

Enhancing Accessible Taxi Service
Accessible Dispatch 6-Month Report

The Accessible Dispatch pilot was created to test the implementation of a city-funded dispatching system for wheelchair-accessible taxicabs. The pilot ended in 2012 and the lessons learned in the pilot were used to establish a permanent Accessible Dispatch program in Manhattan.


E-Hail Pilot Q1 Report (November 2013)
E-Hail Pilot Q2 Report (December 2013)
E-Hail Pilot Q3 Report (May 2014)
E-Hail Pilot Q4 Report (October 2014)
E-Hail Pilot Q5 Report (January 2015)

The E-Hail pilot program was created to test the effectiveness of hailing a cab electronically through a cellphone app. As of March 2016, the E-Hail pilot became a license and was no longer a pilot.

Electric Vehicles:

Idaho National Laboratory Report (January 2016)
Final Report (September 2016)

The Electric Vehicle pilot tested the viability of introducing electric vehicles into New York City taxi fleets. The pilot ran from June 2013 to February 2015.

Looking for Data? Head to our Data page.
Questions?  Write us! research@tlc.nyc.gov