By BILL BRADY, Associated Press Staff WriterNew York (AP) The city has taken the first step toward bringing driverless cars onto city streets by installing sensors on city buses that can be used to warn pedestrians of a vehicle that may be heading toward them.
The sensors have been installed on all three buses carrying city employees, including police officers, to prevent accidents.
The move came after a recent accident in which a car hit a pedestrian, causing a spinal injury.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the sensors will help protect pedestrians from dangerous vehicles.
The city’s first pilot project is to test whether a self-driving bus could help stop a car heading toward a bus stop.
It will also test a system to automatically alert pedestrians when a car has passed a stop sign.
The goal is to see if pedestrians can avoid the collision as well as the driver.