New York Citys Connected Vehicle Pilots Vision is to move
towards zero traffic deaths and injuries on NYC streets. Whether this be
through buses, taxis, trucks, City owned vehicles or pedestrians smartphones,
connected vehicle applications will be used to notify traveling vehicles and
pedestrians of a possible collision. As a byproduct of safer roads, delay
costs will decrease due to lower congestion levels on the streets.
In order to fulfill their vision, New York City is planning on a
strategic implementation of CV technologies at 3 high benefit locations.
The first location is a 600 by 250 foot grid of residential and
commercial mix area in Midtown Manhattan with high accident rates (20 fatalities
and 5007 injuries over the past 2 years). By installing Roadside equipment
(RSE) and upgrading traffic signal controllers at 204 intersections along 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th Avenues in Manhattan, red light violation
warning, speed harmonization, pedestrian in signalized crosswalk, and other
connected vehicle applications will together potentially improve the safety of
pedestrians and drivers.
The second targeted location is FDR Drive in Manhattan. In the
year 2014 alone, the city incurred about $8.3 Million in delay cost due to vehicle
over-height incidents (24% of total city wide delay costs). By implementing RSEs and
Commercial Vehicle Warning Devices, trucks and buses can be notified that
they are too high for a bridge or signage before striking the obstruction,
leading to lower repair costs, lower delay, and safer streets. Moreover, the
exit ramps at FDR Drive have extremely short radius of curvature.
RSEs installed at exit ramps together with Curve Speed Warning application can provide an
alert to vehicles if they exceed the safe exit speed based on the roadway geometry,
vehicle type, and roadway conditions, thereby reducing vehicle overturns.
The third location will target Flatbush Avenue in Central
Brooklyn. This 35 intersection stretch of roadway will incorporate
pedestrian safety, red light violation warning, work zone safety, and congestion
mitigation applications to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety, and flow of
traffic to and from the Manhattan Bridge.
Through the targeted implementation of connected vehicle
applications, NYC hopes to greatly reduce number of fatalities and injuries on the