Pittsburgh and Autonomous Vehicle Companies Agree to Testing Guidelines

An executive order signed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday outlines objectives and expectations for the safe testing of autonomous vehicles in the city. Companies Aptiv, Argo AI, Aurora Innovation and Uber were all present for the announcement.

City officials said Pittsburgh, an autonomous vehicle research hub, is the first municipality to draw up testing guidelines that are this extensive. For example, it directs the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) to create policies that ensure communication, increase “transparency and knowledge of the testing occurring on public streets,” enhance “walking, public transit, and travel by bicycle … in highly urbanized areas,” and promote the development of “low or no emissions” vehicles. Companies will also be required to submit data on public safety and mobility efficiency, which DOMI will present in an annual report.

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