3 U.S. Cities Chosen for Self Driving Cars Exploration

Self driving cars like this one may be tested in Nashville, Austin and Los Angeles.
Image: Justin Fine/Virginia Tech via AP

The Bloomberg Aspen Initiative will help Nashville, Austin, and Los Angeles consider ways self driving cars can solve urban challenges.

USA TODAY

By Jamie McGee

NASHVILLE — This metropolis among five global cities chosen for a self driving cars initiative launched  by Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York and the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute.

The program, called the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, includes Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, Paris and Buenos Aires, along with five other cities to be added this year. The cities will have access to data and coaching from urban planners and technologists meant to help them prepare for self-driving cars and use them to address city challenges.

“The advent of autonomous cars is one of the most exciting developments ever to happen to cities -— and if mayors collaborate with one another, and with partners in the private sector, they can improve people’s lives in ways we can only imagine today,” former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at the CityLab conference for mayors in Miami.

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