MOBILITY & INFRASTRUCTURE

AUTONOMOUS TECHNOLOGY

Pittsburgh’s Shared + Autonomous Mobility Principles:

People
  • By supporting cities and street design that prioritizes people and human safety.
  • By enhancing access and connectivity for all residents across both city and region.
  • By ensuring equitable service across geography, socio-economic groups, and time.
Planet
  • By protecting public mobility and mass transit as the most accountable, transparent and sustainable mobility option.
  • By promoting shared, higher occupancy vehicles for people and freight.
Place
  • By promoting and enabling land development patterns that locate everyday destinations and needs in close physical proximity to people.
  • By integrating mobility systems for seamless travel and access.
Performance
  • By increasing open and shared data while protecting civil liberties and individual system security.
  • By pursuing fair user fees to provide sustainable resources for the maintenance of the public infrastructure on which services operate.
  • By empowering stakeholders with the tools, resources, and opportunities to meaningfully participate in shaping public policy.

Autonomous technology has the potential to assist the City is achieving these principles.  However, this technology is still in the development, testing, and piloting phases. While there are many potential benefits of autonomous technology, including improved safety and accessibility, there are also potential consequences, including sprawl and congestion. Pittsburgh is working to shape the development of autonomous technology and policy to achieve our mobility goals and avoid unintended consequences. In order to do this, we are allowing certain entities to test autonomous vehicles and operate personal delivery devices on our streets and sidewalks.

 

Autonomous Vehicles

 

Personal Delivery Devices (PDDs)

 

Future Partners

The City is interested in exploring partnerships and shared research agendas in the following areas:

  1. Vehicle technology focused on Pittsburgh’s unique environment
  2. Experimenting with connected transportation infrastructure
  3. Research and engagement with the public on autonomous mobility and workforce implications
  4. Research and experimenting with how autonomous technology could fill Pittsburgh’s transportation gaps or supplement our existing transportation network

Questions, comments, or concerns regarding an autonomous vehicle operating in Pittsburgh?

Have questions about autonomous vehicle testing in Pittsburgh? Is your company interested in testing? Contact us at av@pittsburghpa.gov.

 

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