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In August, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a City Department of Citywide Administration Services (DCAS) plan to roll out a “safe street and fleet campaign,” which includes retrofitting some city fleet vehicles with speed-limiting software. Adams noted that speeding-related fatalities are up 5% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that NYC had posted its highest levels of roadway fatalities in eight years.

Specifically, 50 fleet vehicles will be testing intelligent speed assistance (ISA) software, which can recognize local speed limits through GPS data and strictly adhere to them. While the city has previously used telematic alerts for speeding city employees, the new technology is more active, automatically slowing drivers attempting to exceed the speed limit. Following the six-month pilot program, data collected by DCAS will be shared with the US Department of Transportation Volpe Center for analysis of its efficacy.

The Taxi & Limousine Commission will be among the agencies testing a select number of vehicles. Experts say the verdict remains unclear about the effectiveness of electronic speed limiters and traffic safety, though early studies have shown it decreases speeding violations.

Source: Auto Week

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