Summit: How will automated vehicles affect PA's economy?


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Wolf Administration officials from the departments of Transportation, Community and Economic Development, Labor and Industry, and the State Police took part in the state’s first Automated Vehicle Summit in State College on Sept. 11 and 12.

The summit reviewed all aspects of automated vehicle development including safety, workforce changes, planning, and industry implications. Roughly 300 transportation officials, academic and industry experts, public officials, planners and industry partners are discussing and learning about how connected and automated vehicle technology is shaping the next generation of travel.

“Automated vehicle technologies will bring significant safety and economic advances, and we need to remain at the forefront of developing them safely,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “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.”

Discussion centered on how cities, townships, business models, employment and more will change due to highly automated vehicle technology. With Pennsylvania’s focus on the safe implementation of these technologies, the summit also includes a focuses on law enforcement, legal, and first responder interactions.

The summit is hosted by the Pennsylvania Intelligent Transportation Society and the Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

The event underscores the state’s dedication to safe and efficient automated vehicle development, as demonstrated through the Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force which PennDOT leads in collaboration with state, federal, academic and private-industry officials.

Join in the automated vehicle discussion on social media using the hashtag #PAAV.

More information on the summit, the state Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force and other automated vehicle resources are available at penndot.gov at the “Autonomous Vehicles” featured resource.



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