DC is preparing for the emergence of self-driving cars. Through a new Autonomous Vehicle Working Group, established by Mayor Bowser in February 2018, the District is engaging in peer-to-peer learning with other cities to explore implications of autonomous vehicles, including workforce and employment, urban planning, parking, and a range of other issues. The Working Group has been in discussion with multiple automakers in the search for a partner to pilot an autonomous vehicle program. The Working Group is comprised of representatives from the Office of the City Administrator, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, District Department of Transportation, Office of Planning, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Metropolitan Police Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, Department of Motor Vehicles, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Department of Energy and the Environment, Department of General Services, Department of For-Hire Vehicles, Office on Aging and Office of Disability Rights.
In January 2017, D.C. became a member of the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, a group of global cities that have produced a set of principles and tools to plan for driverless technologies. The District's Autonomous Vehicles Working Group has embarked on the process of creating a set of principles and guideline that are more specific to the needs and opportunities of the District.
In partnership with the Working Group, the Southwest Business Improvement District (BID) has released a Request for Information for an autonomous vehicle pilot program on 10th St SW. This pilot program would run along 10th St SW, connecting the National Mall and Banneker Park to the Wharf. This corridor is currently the fastest way to get from the National Mall to the Wharf. The Southwest BID hopes that autonomous vehicles along this corridor could solve mobility challenges and improve the interconnectedness of the area.
Autonomous Vehicles Working Group Meeting
Thursday, July 26, 2018
3:30 PM - 4:30PM
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 317
Washington, DC 20004