Pilot Program Will Monitor Car Computers to Fix New York Streets

A pilot program operated by New York's DOT will gather data from 500 city motorists' vehicles in order to find problematic city streets and help drivers reduce their gas use and increase their safety.
September 12, 2013, 9am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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New York's Department of Transportation (DOT) "will launch a federally funded pilot program this fall to equip up to 500 city motorists with transmitters that collect data from their car's onboard computers," reports Ted Mann. "The data will flow to certain smartphone apps, supplying drivers with statistics on everything from gas mileage to the average speeds at which they move through city traffic."

"The DOT will be able to monitor the same driver data, to evaluate how and where cars are moving through the city in a new way. The DOT could analyze the data to find specific problems that plague specific streets."

"It will create a revolutionary new set of metrics for us in managing the streets," said Bruce Schaller, the DOT's deputy commissioner for traffic and planning.

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Published on Friday, August 30, 2013 in The Wall Street Journal
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