Nashville is among five global cities chosen for an autonomous vehicles 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 R. Bloomberg said at the CityLab conference for mayors in Miami.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said earlier this year that Davidson County could become a testing ground for self-driving cars as part of a regional push for improved transportation. The city has recommended a $6 billion, 25-year transportation plan that includes light rail and bus rapid transit solutions.