Pittsburgh Could See Self-Driving Cars Sooner Than Expected

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

The era of self-driving cars is closer than we may think. Students at Carnegie Mellon University are proposing a plan to help underserved communities in Pittsburgh enter the workforce through reliable, self-driving forms of transportation.

Ideas for self-driving cars have been floating around Pittsburgh for some time, going so far as becoming a political topic of discussion for the existing Pittsburgh Mayor and surrounding cities. The students are researching and creating legal policy recommendations to manage autonomous vehicles.

Conversations around potential public-private partnerships and infrastructure changes are being brought up by the students as they engage with local officials, experts and leaders.

Adam Brandolph, a spokesman for the Port Authority of Allegheny County, said P3s are an option being considered.

The city’s director of mobility and infrastructure, Karina Ricks, said establishing partnerships with ride-sharing companies now would create a base for when those companies have self-driving cars to use in those partnerships.

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