A New Yorkers subway station looks like a robot and is now part of a massive, multi-million dollar renovation project, but it’s not a robot.
It’s an autonomous robot.
The station opened on the East River in January 2017 as part of the city’s new $4.2 billion SmartTrack transit system.
The station is part of SmartTrack’s $100 billion Vision Zero project, which aims to reduce vehicular deaths and injuries.
“The whole concept is to be more environmentally sustainable, and we’ve seen in the pilot program that it’s working, and it’s really important that we continue to make that work,” said Paul D. Schulze, the executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The new station will have a fully automated walkway, an observation deck with a retractable roof, and a new, open-air dining area.
“It’s a completely new space,” said Schulge.
The SmartTrack system includes an entire tunnel system, including tunnels and subway cars.
The SmartTrack project is being spearheaded by the New York Transit Authority, which spent $4 billion on the project.
SmartTrack is the third project of the Vision Zero Vision Zero Transportation Program.
“We are working with a number of other partners to ensure that this station is the next logical step for us in our plan to build the most sustainable and effective system possible,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Joe Lhota.
“As we enter the new year, the MTA is making significant investments to make our transportation system even more efficient and effective.”
The subway station opened in January, with the subway car cars and train cars set to leave the station in 2019.
In October, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo announced the state was committing $400 million toward the construction of the SmartTrack station.
The project is expected to cost about $8.6 billion.
“SmartTrack will help New Yorkers get to work, and help the region thrive,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The city has also invested in robotics, as well as in other technology, to help with the installation of SmartTracks and other transportation infrastructure, like traffic lights.
“It’s just a wonderful opportunity to make this happen,” said Chris Haines, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
“I think the SmartTraces are going to be a huge catalyst for this project.”
The SmartTrains, as they’re known, are automated vehicles that can be controlled by a human operator.
They have cameras that capture real-time video of the station, along with audio and other sensors to monitor traffic and other safety issues.
They also are capable of sensing obstacles on the road.
The stations will also have the ability to operate autonomously, which will help reduce the cost of the project, Schulzing said.
The robotic system will be connected to the subway system via Bluetooth technology, which allows it to communicate with the system.
A robot’s sensors are programmed to respond to specific events, like a driver turning right or a train entering the station.