New report says autonomous vehicle pilots are picking up speed
A report released by the National League of Cities found that more than 50% of U.S. cities are currently preparing their streets for AVs, up from less than 10% three years ago; some are also testing AVs. The report states that while AVs are coming, how cities approach it “remains in flux,” stressing the need to prepare for the onset of autonomy. To help cities prepare, the report includes a list of best-practice recommendations, as well as an overview of the approaches taken by six cities across the country: AV shuttles in Arlington, TX; pilot programs in Boston; an RFI on how AVs could benefit existing public transit in Portland, OR; AV testing in Pittsburgh; AV-public transport integration in San Jose, CA; and AV testing in Chandler, AZ.
The municipal action guide is meant to give cities the ability to better understand and approach the impending rollout of autonomous vehicles in their cities. It was developed with the aim of laying out the current typologies of how cities and other levels of government are working together with the private sector to begin to integrate self-driving cars onto the roadways. Within the action guide, the reader is provided with:
- Analysis of the current legal/ regulatory structure
- The state of AV pilot programs
- City approaches to AV pilots
- Best practices from cities throughout the country
- Action steps on city leadership to move forward