The delivery of goods, public transit and taxis are all use cases for autonomous vehicles being batted around in transportation circles.
With the technology taking so many possible directions, it can be difficult for cities to discuss and draft the appropriate regulatory environment to both enable AVs and guide them along a path of public good.
However, it’s not too soon to be thinking about the technology – and its impacts – said Karina Ricks, director of mobility and infrastructure in Pittsburgh. It’s cities who should have the most say in the regulation of AVs, she added.
“Let there be some local control so that we can ground it in local priorities and local visions,” Ricks said during a CoMotion webinar Wednesday.