Pittsburgh’s Embrace of Self-driving Technology at Forefront of Planning Summit

For the past couple of years, Ronald Bogle has watched as researchers and transportation officials have talked about the upcoming changes that self-driving vehicles will bring to mobility and safety. But as president and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation, Mr. Bogle said, “It just became obvious to us that there was not an adequate discussion about public policy and we should lead that discussion. It was just clear to me Pittsburgh was the place to do this.” 

That’s because Pittsburgh — in addition to having Uber test its first self-driving vehicles here and hosting research leaders such as Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Ford’s Argo AI — has already shown an awareness of its need for policy change, Mr. Bogle said. He cited Mayor Bill Peduto’s initiatives such as creating a Department of Mobility and Infrastructure and establishing Envision Downtown as examples of the type of forward thinking other cities will have to do.