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B-Line buses to be fitted with life-saving technology logo 13/09/2018 Hannah Sinclair

Sydney's B-Line buses are trialling potentially life-saving technology to help avoid accidents before they happen.

The Mobileye safety devices have been fitted to 38 vehicles and use audio and visual alerts.

The trial comes as the New South Wales Government releases shocking vision of just how close some pedestrians are cutting it.

In dashcam video recorded in July, a bus collides with a pedestrian at a Darlinghurst intersection. 

The walker, who emerges from behind a garbage truck, was on his phone at the time and did not have the right of way. 

“We've got too many pedestrians walking around with mobile phones doing the wrong thing and this gives the bus driver every opportunity to save that life and alternatively also keep passengers safe,” Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.

The Mobileye technology uses alerts to tell bus drivers that a crash is about happen, up to 2.7 seconds before it does.

“One forward-facing camera that's continuously scanning the road ahead of the driver and scanning for pedestrians, for cyclists, for vehicles,” Mobileye Regional Manager Jason Bloom said.

Since 2012, more than 400 people have been seriously hurt in bus crashes and more than 30 have lost their lives on NSW roads.

“We have the opportunity now through the deployment of this technology to potentially reduce accidents as high as 30 percent,” Mr Constance said.

The trial will run until next year, at a cost of $50,000. 

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