Office of Mayor William Peduto
Peduto Administration Welcomes Opportunity To Contribute To Federal Automated Vehicle Policy Development Process

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 20, 2016) - The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced a federal policy for safe testing and deployment of automated vehicles, a national framework for lawmakers, developers, manufacturers and organizations associated with autonomous and self-driving vehicles.  

"For decades, Pittsburgh has driven advancements in automated vehicle technology, and we applaud the Obama Administration for carefully considering the balance between encouraging innovation and protecting public safety," said Mayor William Peduto. "We believe the new model policy included in the AV Guidance is an important step toward establishing responsibilities between the states and the U.S. Department of Transportation. We look forward to working with the Administration over the coming months as they solicit feedback and evolve the policy to keep pace with this rapidly emerging technology."  

"Last week, the world was watching as Uber made history in Pittsburgh with the deployment of the first self-driving Uber pilot program," said Peduto. "The future of urban mobility is in Pittsburgh thanks to Carnegie Mellon University and Uber Technologies.  

"Smart regulation is critical to guiding innovation and protecting the public. We welcome the opportunity to work with the U.S. DOT, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, PennDOT, Uber, CMU and all other parties involved in autonomous vehicle guidance and development." 

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