Autonomous vehicles have the potential to profoundly reshape cities in ways that we’re just beginning to understand. This disruptive technology will not only affect urban policies around transportation, but it will also have major implications for land use, economic growth, and community development.
Over the course of 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute are bringing mayors and senior city leaders from 10 cities together with industry and leading policy experts to address the many ways this technology could solve longstanding urban challenges.
Participating cities include Austin, TX, USA; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Helsinki, Finland; London, UK; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Nashville, TN, USA; Paris, France; São Paulo, Brazil; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Washington D.C., USA.
The Initiative will not only directly advance work in these cities, but it will also support cities worldwide as they prepare for the autonomous vehicle revolution. By elevating the voices of mayors and empowering innovative cities with the information and expertise to ensure that people come first, the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative will help the world’s leading cities prepare for a transition to autonomous vehicles – a reality no longer in the distant future.
In October 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies released its Global Atlas of Autonomous Vehicles in Cities. The atlas is a comprehensive, first-of-its kind map that shows how city governments around the globe are preparing for the transition to autonomous vehicles. The project highlights cities working towards the transformation to a driverless future by hosting industry tests, organizing their own pilots and developing proactive policies and plans. Access it here: