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Pittsburgh receives $400k grant to ‘demystify’ self-driving cars

Paul Guggenheimer
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
The Uber self-driving car fleet parked outside their office in the Strip District before a test drive for media on Sept. 20, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Marking the one-year anniversary of its pilot program with self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, Uber demonstrates the progress they have made during a test ride for media on Sept. 20, 2017.

Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure is looking to “demystify” automated vehicles and now has a substantial grant to work toward that goal.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is committing $410,539 to the city department to increase public engagement and outreach on the testing and deployment of automated vehicles.

The city is receiving funding because of its participation in a Knight Foundation program along with the cities of Detroit, San Jose and Miami. The grant is for three years starting in late 2019.

“This generous grant will allow the city to offer authentic participation by the public on autonomous vehicle policies, testing and deployment,” said DOMI Director Karina Ricks.

About seven in 10 Americans don’t want anything to do with self-driving cars, according to an American Automobile Association survey.

The grant announcement follows the public release last month of DOMI’s first summary of findings on autonomous vehicle testing in the city. It lists data on the kinds of vehicles being tested around Pittsburgh, in what neighborhoods, the safety provisions being used and job creation by the growing industry, according to a release from the city.

Paul Guggenheimer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected].

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