NYC Taxis Testing New Safety Technology, Including ‘Black Box’ Recorders

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission announced a new initiative Tuesday that will outfit cabs with their own version of a “black box.”

As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, some cabbies are being monitored electronically like never before with black boxes and alarms.

Accidents involving taxis are not hard to come by in New York City.

“These cab drivers are crazy; there are so many on the road,” said Taylor Reinhardt of Lower Manhattan.

It was easy finding two crunched cabs in Manhattan Tuesday – one on the West Side Highway, and minutes later, another with a shattered windshield near Times Square.

Everyone survived the incidents, but passengers are worried nonetheless.

“They’re driving like maniacs,” Reinhardt said.

With that in mind, the TLC has launched a pilot program for the black box technology. The program has been launched in a dozen taxis and for-hire vehicles also keeps an electronic eye on the driver and the road, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

The cabs include “forward-facing, driver-facing and rear-facing cameras, black box recorders and data analytics and driver alerts” that notify distracted drivers to hazards ahead, said TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi.



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