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Tuesday, March 6 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Complete Streets in the Age of Automated Vehicles

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Learn how bicyclists are reacting to the introduction of autonomous vehicles to the roadways in Pittsburgh and how researchers at Carnegie Mellon are ensuring that autonomous vehicles will contribute to safer roadways for all users.

Highly automated vehicles will revolutionize the movement of people of goods. How can we leverage data, partnerships, and policy to *ensure* that streets will become increasingly safe for those who bike and walk? This panel will discuss innovative partnerships that have been launched to explore the future of bike and car interactions. The panelists will offer suggestions for policy, regulations, and research. Eric Boerer led Bike Pittsburgh in administering the first survey of bike riders who share the road with automated vehicles. To pull it off, he partnered with the Western PA Regional Data Center, and the survey itself led to collaboration with Uber. Bernardo Pires is a project scientist at Carnegie Mellon University and his research projects explore using computer vision for intelligent bike and pedestrian detection. This bike and pedestrian detection can eventually be used to inform intelligent infrastructure like Pittsburgh's Surtrac system and assist cities and planners in monitoring street usage and managing the flow of all road users. In testing this technology Bernardo has partnered with Pittsburgh's City Planning Department and Rapid Flow Technologies, the CMU spinoff company that makes the Surtrac system. Janice Li (to be invited) of San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is familiar with what can happen when automated vehicle testing goes awry. SF Bike Coalition partnered with the Vision Zero coalition to call on the department of motor vehicles to overhaul its automated vehicle testing regulations. Ngani Ndimbie, a former Bike Pittsburgh communications manager turned graduate student, is studying transportation policy at CMU – a school with a 30 year old self-driving car project. Ngani has regularly interacts with powerful people who have visions of the future that are mysteriously void of bicyclists and pedestrians (and disabled persons) or where all pedestrians and non-motorized vehicle users are required to use V2X technology (for their own safety, of course). Ngani has developed some strategies for talking to these folks.


Ngani Ndimbie

Student, Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday March 6, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Congressional Ballroom B
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