Mayor Peduto Issues Transformative Policies for Autonomous Vehicle Testing + Development

(PGH – 3/4/2019) Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto issued an Executive Order outlining City objectives and expectations for the safe testing of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, and assigning responsibilities for the development of transparent and constructive reporting guidelines for the growing technology sector.

All five of the prominent entities currently developing autonomous driving systems in the city, Aptiv, Argo AI, Aurora Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University and Uber, were on hand for the signing of the order, demonstrating the strong emphasis on partnership that is a Pittsburgh hallmark.

Called the “Pittsburgh Principles,” the order is the first of its kind to be issued by any city worldwide and is a further model of the Pittsburgh’s longtime leadership in the technology, and of the city’s focus on providing safe and inclusive transportation opportunities for all residents.

The Principles include:

  • Instituting transparent lines of communication between the City and partners testing autonomous vehicles, and annual reports on the implementation of AV policies

  • Promoting automated driving systems that encourage high vehicle occupancy with lower or no emissions, and lower cost and equitable transportation options

  • Engaging industry leaders and community stakeholders to collaboratively facilitate the further development and deployment of self-driving technology

“Autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to dramatically improve safety on our city streets and yield transformative benefits to equitable access and quality of life for all in our city. This can only happen when industry, agencies and people understand one another and work together,” Mayor Peduto said.

“My hope is that this Executive Order will not only provide the necessary platform and process to do that for our city, but serve as a model for cities and places across the globe.”

The Executive Order designates the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) as the principal point of contact and directs the Department to collaborate with public agency partners, private sector industry, and general public stakeholders in developing policy around this emergent technology.

The order further instructs the Department to develop guidelines for testing and to report back to the public at least annually on progress in testing and policy development.

A copy of the Executive Order is available here.