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Make DC the global center of policy discussion and technology development pertaining to mobility, including autonomous vehicles (AV) and the future of work, and other emerging ‘smart’ transportation technologies and software subject to significant regulations in an urban environment. Approach: 1) support the annual MobilityTalks International conference; 2) review regulatory environment and adjust accordingly; 3) identify existing activity happening in DC and create more opportunities to showcase related innovation, possibly in coordination with neighboring jurisdictions that have more available land for testing space.

Progress Updates:

October 2019: The DC AV Working Group provided feedback for the DC Autonomous Vehicles Report. The study was conducted by DC Sustainable Transportation and will be used to guide the future of AV in the District.

September 2019: The Deputy Mayor for Operations & Infrastructure participated in the HERE and VSI Labs Autonomous Vehicle demo.

August 2019: The DC AV Working Group took a tour of the Ford AV Depot to learn how Argo AI & Ford are mapping the District using autonomous mode.

October 2018: Ford announced that it would begin testing its self-driving cars on the streets on Washington, DC in early 2019. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, announced a new partnership between Ford and the DC Infrastructure Academy to train DC residents for jobs and careers in the autonomous vehicle (AV) industry. Read more here.

April 2018: Mayor Bowser joined Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi during his first trip to Washington, DC for a panel discussion on the Future of Mobility at Uber’s new Greenlight Hub, a driver resource center in Ward 7. At the event, Uber announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to share data with cities in partnership with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). This data share will be piloted in Washington, DC in partnership with the Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Read more here.

February 2018: Mayor Bowser established an Interagency Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Working Group to proactively prepare the District for AV technologies and ensure that AV deployment will benefit District residents and visitors. The working group includes District agencies focused on transportation, disability rights, environmental issues, and public safety.  Additionally, the Bowser Administration partnered with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) to release a Request for Information (RFI) for a AV pilot program on 10th Street, SW. Read more here. 

June 2017: DC was chosen as one of 5 global cities by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute to prepare for the future of driverless or AV technologies in a pilot program.  They recently launched this portal where you can share your thoughts on how autonomous vehicles can improve how we serve our communities.

January 2017: DC hosted the first MobilityTalks International conference, a forum designed for governments from around the world to exchange ideas on best practices related to the emerging trends in transportation surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles. Deputy Mayor Kenner served as a panelist.

  • Timeline: FY17-20
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Transportation (DDOT), Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Dept. of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV), Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
  • Related core sectors: technology, higher education, professional services
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion, business environment, space and supports