Much has been written about the potential of autonomous vehicles to collect data that will help make streets run more smoothly and keep everyone safer. One company’s come up with a way to do that now, using existing transit systems as the collection points.

Esri, a mapping data company, will use buses and other parts of municipal transit fleets, to collect data that will be used to reduce accidents. They say using technology they already have in a different way will give cities actionable data they can use right away.

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