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.READ MORE: United Nations General Assembly Returns To NYC, With COVID-19 And Climate Front And Center
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.