Brooks Rainwater, director of NLC’s Center for City Solutions, told Route Fifty that many city leaders wanted to get in front of this issue after being surprised by the sudden popularity of services like Uber and Lyft.
“Many mayors and city councils, after they saw what happened with ride hailing, have been at the front end of this conversation,” Rainwater said.
While AV policy remains in its infancy, Pittsburgh and San Francisco have substantial pilots up and running, and some states have already preempted city authority to regulate self-driving vehicles.
For those reasons, NLC teamed with the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on AVs to conceptualize four, city-first approaches to a driverless future. The report was released Thursday.