Derek Kan, the under secretary for transportation policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, visited Pittsburgh Friday to consider technology, policy and infrastructure in a city that paved the way for autonomous vehicles.
Kan participated in two roundtable discussions and toured the local offices of Uber Technologies Inc. and Argo AI. He said the conversations with officials from some of Pittsburgh’s autonomous vehicle companies, as well as universities, focused on how to regulate autonomous vehicles.
He also emphasized that the need to continue developing those policies is imminent.
“It’s not when self-driving cars are 100 percent of the cars on the road or when it’s zero percent,” Kan said. “It’s going to be when it’s 5 percent of the cars on the road, and we are starting to see that.”