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New York City buses and taxis will soon 'talk' to one another via a wireless warning system as part of a campaign to cut road deaths
Around 8,000 vehicles will be fitted with special devices that can communicate
They will warn drivers of red lights and the movements of other vehicles
It is hoped the pilot programme will keep drivers and pedestrians safer

The new 'connect car' project is part of New York mayor Bill de Blasio's drive to cut traffic fatalities, a campaign known as Vision Zero.

Devices will be fitted to 6,000 yellow cabs, more than 1,000 buses, 500 city and sanitation vehicles and 400 UPS delivery trucks.

Officials are also installing them into the city's infrastructure, including sensors along 2 miles (3.2 km) of road in Midtown Manhattan, and at a number of traffic light stops.

City transportation officials say the technology, which has a range of 1,000 feet (300 metres), would cut many common causes of accidents.

About 70 vehicles are traversing the city using prototype equipment today.

City officials expect to finalise contracts to load the remaining vehicles in coming weeks.

Kaan Ozbay, a researcher at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, said that other connected technology pilots involved fewer vehicles.

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Up to 8,000 vehicles will be equipped with the technology,  including 6,000 yellow cabs.

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The powers that be will have to keep the yellow cabs alive long enough to complete their experiment and gather all the data.