Rochester Hills Mayor Leads National Discussion on Autonomous Vehicles with VIDEO

Mayor Barnett Invites Nation’s Mayors to Prepare for a Driverless Future

This week, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett of Rochester Hills and Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, hosted a national phone call through the U.S. Conference of Mayors to discuss how cities can be prepared for autonomous vehicle (AV) testing, organize pilot programs and develop proactive policies.

Congress is now developing new federal legislation that seeks to establish rules to guide the deployment and manufacturing of autonomous vehicles throughout the U.S. At the same time, there are already a number of pilot programs underway in cities to facilitate the development and eventual deployment of AVs.

 “We know eventually there will be new federal legislation to provide a broad framework for these pilots and ultimately initial deployment of this technology,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “By sharing experiences Mayors have had across the country, and including a private sector perspective, our communities can take proactive steps to prepare for these coming technologies. We want to position Rochester Hills as the state’s leader when it comes to embracing this technology.”

Joining Mayor Barnett in this discussion were representatives of Ford Motor Company as well as Columbus (OH) Mayor Andrew Ginther, winner of U.S. DOT’s “Smart City Challenge” and Mayor Peduto of Pittsburgh, home to several autonomous vehicle pilot programs utilizing Lyft and Uber.

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