Autonomous vehicles map launched to track cities planning for a driverless future

As city governments around the world prepare for the transition to autonomous vehicles, Bloomberg Philanthropies has created a map showing how different cities are planning for a driverless future.

The Global Atlas of Autonomous Vehicles in Cities is designed to provide a living inventory of the cities planning for driverless cars, and currently includes 53 cities that are hosting industry tests, arranging their own pilot programmes and developing proactive policies and plans to accommodate autonomous vehicles.

Bloomberg Philanthropies will track the work of cities across the globe and update the map with new autonomous vehicle pilots that involve a significant local government role.

Developed as part of the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, the atlas shows that 35 cities – including Austin, Washington, Paris, Helsinki and London – are already piloting autonomous vehicle projects. Another 18 are conducting long-range surveys or assessing the regulatory, planning and governance implications of autonomous vehicles.

“Cities will play a pivotal role as the world moves towards a driverless future,” said James Anderson, the head of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation program.

“Cities are stronger when they learn and act together, and this map provides cities with information critical to their own success through this transition.”