Autonomous Vehicles at the Heart of the Peach State

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Major metropolitan cities, including Atlanta, Georgia, are finally setting up to enter the age of The Jetsons™.

On September 14th, a fully autonomous car will have its first run on Atlanta streets, passing from Georgia Tech campus, down North Avenue, through Old Fourth Ward to Ponce City Market.

As the City of Atlanta and Georgia Tech prepare to test computer-driven cars for the Safer Roads challenge, buzz around the security and economic impact of driverless cars continues to drive conversations behind the wheel.   What are the implications of autonomous vehicles, machine learning and connected transportation on the urban landscape?

Scott Henry of Atlanta Magazine takes a look at the development of the Smart Corridor, AVs, & related transportation tech initiatives, and what this could mean for urban planning and policy for Georgia and other states:

The civic transformation ushered in by driverless cars, “autonomous vehicles” or “AVs” in the parlance of Silicon Valley and Detroit, could revolutionize the way Atlanta’s buildings and roads are designed, as well as upend how people move around a car-centric metro region. Eventually it might even do away with car ownership altogether.

Read full story here.

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