Wolf administration hosts Pennsylvania's first-ever summit on automated vehicles
A Carnegie Mellon University expert on self-driving cars is one of the featured speakers at an automated vehicle summit convened by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
The summit, happening Monday and Tuesday in State College, is the first of its kind in the state.
State officials and experts in the field will talk about how connected and automated vehicle technology will shape the future of travel.
“Automated vehicle technologies will bring significant safety and economic advances, and we need to remain at the forefront of developing them safely,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said in a statement. “This summit is a chance for our partners to understand the changes and opportunities that are coming to Pennsylvania, and how they can best leverage them.”
Officials from PennDOT, state police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the state departments of Community & Economic Development and Labor & Industry are participating in the summit.
Raj Rajkumar, director of Carnegie Mellon's Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation center, spoke on Monday morning. Other key speakers include Richards and Ken Leonard, the director of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to unveil updated guidelines for self-driving cars at an event Tuesday in Michigan.