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Mayor Adams, DCAS Commissioner Implements New Tech in Pinnock City Vehicles to Reduce Speed

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August 11, 2022

Intelligent speed assistance pilot program limits fleet operators from exceeding local speed limits

The Adams administration continues to take bold steps to curb speeding on city streets, including redesigning more than 1,000 intersections, 24/7 speed cameras and public awareness campaigns.

New York – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Citywide Department of Public Services (DCAS) Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock today announced that 50 municipal vehicles will be equipped with Active Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance ( ISA) announced that it will implement the technology. Lower the speed limit and save lives. ISA technology limits the vehicle’s maximum speed and prevents you from exceeding the local speed limit. This pilot program provides an important tool for regulating and standardizing safe driving for City employees, and will provide the latest safety standards implemented as part of his DCAS Safe Fleet Transition Plan (SFTP) for City Fleet Units. initiative.

“Speeding kills lives, and we need to take action to prevent it. New York City is leading by example by implementing new technology that slows down the city’s fleet of vehicles,” he said. I was. Mayor Adams“Our streets should be livable for everyone. This technology ensures that speeding is impossible for urban vehicles. Road safety is public safety. Therefore, we need to ensure that everyone can safely share street space.”

“Under Mayor Adams’ leadership, the city is taking aggressive steps to curb deadly speeding.” First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo“This new pilot program by DCAS will serve as a model for other cities and states to show how technology can be used to make roads and roads safer.”

“Speed ​​governors can reduce fuel costs and, more importantly, save lives. Deputy Mayor of Operations Meera Joshi“When I worked for the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration, I proudly endorsed the policy of mandating this innovative technology on 18-wheel vehicles. We are thrilled and look forward to furthering the government’s ambitious efforts to tackle the deadly speeding epidemic on our streets.”

“Implementing new strategies and technologies to reduce driving speed will make our fleet vehicles safer and help protect all New Yorkers,” it said. DCAS Commissioner Pinnock“As safe driving standards bearers, all urban transit operators have a responsibility to comply with local traffic laws, including driving below the speed limit. , help make the roads safer.”

“Intelligent speed assistance technology will help ensure that the Department of Corrections is doing its part to make city streets safer for both pedestrians and motorists,” he said. New York City Department of Corrections (DOC) Commissioner Louis Molina“Investing in technology that forces drivers to slow down will benefit not only the agencies involved in the pilot, but also the residents of the communities we serve.”

“This administration is committed to making our roads safer and our cities cleaner for New Yorkers, and we are proud to partner with DCAS on this pilot to implement ISA technology in our fleet.” New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) Commissioner Sue Donoghue“When we slow down, we slow down, reduce emissions, and stay safer on the road. We are committed to expanding our technology.”

“BIC is pleased to join DCAS and other Vision Zero partners in this innovative pilot program. It sets a positive example for every New Yorker on the road.” New York City Business Integrity Commission (BIC) Commissioner and Chair Elizabeth Crotty“BIC takes road safety seriously. This includes implementing safe driving practices in the commercial trade waste hauling industry and ensuring that the BIC fleet is operating safely. ”

“Using telematics alerts, New York City has already cut excessive speeding by fleet units by more than half.” Keith Carman, Deputy Director of DCAS and Chief Officer of the New York City Fleet“DCAS is now implementing active and passive intelligent speed assistance technology within each pilot vehicle to further reduce illegal speeding and help keep New Yorkers safe.”

“Speeding is the number one cause of traffic fatalities in New York and similar cities, so we need to use everything in our toolbox to help people drive at safe speeds.” Noah Budnick, Interim Executive Director, Together for Safer Roads (TSR)“Technology companies and automakers are providing life-saving solutions like Intelligent Speed ​​Assist to help drivers maintain a safe speed, and TSR applauds New York City for taking advantage of it. We have been partnering with New York City for over five years, and today’s announcement is another example of New York’s leadership in the quest for new technologies to save lives.”

“This is an important example of how Vision Zero is moving forward, and I applaud the leadership of New York City.” Leah Shaham, Founder and Director of Vision Zero Network“Managing speed is at the heart of improving road safety, especially for pedestrians and cyclists, and this technology helps incorporate safe speed into a fundamental and life-saving approach. ”

“For many years, DCAS has been an innovative leader and a strong partner in New York’s Vision Zero initiative. Philip Miatkowski, Research Director, Transportation Alternatives“We look forward to the agency beginning a pilot to investigate intelligent speed assist technology, a step called for by the new administration’s recent policy agenda. We urge you to extend it across our city fleet, which will save lives here at home and set a bold standard for cities across the country to follow.”

“Speeding is fatal. Slow speeds are life saving. We are very encouraged by this new DCAS pilot for intelligent speed assistance.” Ralph Munoz, Families for Safe Streets member, The brothers were killed by a speeding driver in 2013, and their mother died in another car accident in 2008.

Unlike similar speed reduction technologies, the Active ISA program installed in the city’s fleet can not only set the vehicle’s maximum speed, but also adapt based on local speed limits. ISA has two modalities of him, active and passive. With an active system, when a fleet operator attempts to exceed the local speed limit, ISA technology activates and automatically slows the vehicle. Passive systems also warn drivers if they are driving over the speed limit. DCAS also plans to extend passive driver alerts through the city’s existing telematics system.

The pilot program, which will total more than $80,000 in retrofits and installations, will be launched in vehicles from DCAS, DOC, BIC, NYC Parks, New York City Department of Transportation, New York City Environmental Protection Agency, and New York City Taxi. And the limousine committee. DCAS will also be working with NYC Parks to test similar his ISA features that will be on his 14 new all-electric Ford Mach Es, which launched this spring. This program will be closely monitored over the next six months. After the pilot is complete, DCAS will work with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center to produce an initial implementation report. Next steps will be determined based on a full evaluation of the pilot program.

Through SFTP, DCAS designates the highest level of safety available in new cars and trucks and provides increased safety. DCAS has already installed over 65,000 safety enhancements to city fleet units, including driver alert systems, telematics, truck side guards, automatic braking, backup alerts, dash cams and heated mirrors.

In addition to SFTP, DCAS implements various security measures as part of Vision Zero. Other measures include the city’s fleet-first CRASH management system, the nation’s largest rollout of live vehicle tracking devices managed through the city’s real-time tracking fleet office, banning fleet operators from using hands-free phones, includes the nation’s leading program of safety guards. Provides safety training to more than 76,000 city employees.