Detroit To Participate In Self-Driving Vehicle Project

Detroit will benefit from a share of $5.25 million for a project aimed at helping cities adjust to the self-driving car revolution. The other cities that have been chosen alongside Detroit include San Jose, Miami, California, Pittsburg and Long Beach. Each city will share their findings at regular meetings.

The cities are to be engaged in a five-year plan by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation initiative in an effort to enable citizens to understand the concepts of self-driving vehicle technology. Detroit’s main focus will be to connect citizens to employment hubs. This is a challenge which was well described in 2015 in a press story entitled “James Robertson’s 21-mile walking commute”. This piece discussed about the awful transport frameworks in the southeastern region of Michigan. The Chief of Mobility Innovation for the Detroit Mayor’s Office, Mark de la Vergne, stated that the details of how much each city will get from the foundation are still being decided.

The grant money will be used to integrate autonomous vehicles with more traditional services. Citizens will be engaged in a multiyear conversation on the future of mobility through autonomous vehicle projects. Pilot projects will be conducted to iron out issues. These projects will engage the community to ensure that local needs are met. The initiative will help the city stay up-to-date with the increasing rate of testing and deployment of self-driving vehicles across the globe.

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