21st Century Reality: Building Infrastructure for the Autonomous Vehicle

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

Living the “Jetson” life of talking robots, flying cars and traveling to space is closer to reality than Americans may realize. Louisville, Kentucky is among many cities proactively planning for smart-city development as the autonomous car becomes more available to consumers.

The city recently announced plans to draft an autonomous vehicle “playbook” to guide infrastructure development. The playbook is a way for city officials to garner public feedback around autonomous vehicle infrastructure plans while analyzing the pros and cons of autonomous vehicle adoption.

City officials across the United States are thinking about infrastructure and economic development differently than they were 10 years ago. As funding for expansive projects like smart-cities unfold, government agencies and the private sector are having to explore new options like public-private partnerships.

The self-driving car has been on the minds of engineers for decades, but only as a dream. In the past couple of years international and domestic auto-makers have brought the dream to life with Google, Hyundai, and, more recently, Ford and GM taping into the new market. Tech-pioneer Tesla rolled out the first autonomous car to consumers in 2014, making the impossible, possible.

To read more about Louisville’s autonomous vehicle playbook, click here.

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