Commerce secretary signals feds could invest in Pittsburgh’s bid to become self-driving powerhouse

As trade and technology talks between the U.S. and the European Union came to a close in Pittsburgh Thursday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said EU leaders left the city “blown away by what they saw.”

“Anyone who comes to Pittsburgh and sees it, it’s not just one robotics company. It’s not just that [Carnegie Mellon University] is here. It’s a vibrant and deep ecosystem of technology innovation,” Raimondo told reporters…

Raimondo said she chose Pittsburgh as the meeting site to highlight the city’s technology sector.

“I am a believer in how unbelievably innovative, productive and leading-edge that Pittsburgh is,” she said.

Pittsburgh has become a center for the autonomous mobility sector, thanks largely to technological breakthroughs at local universities. Today, the region is home to about 70 firms or corporate divisions that specialize in autonomous systems such as those found in self-driving cars, according to a recent study.