Alliance will work to ensure L.A. region is prepared for a new wave of self-driving vehicles expected on the market in the coming years.
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the formation of the Coalition for Transportation Technology, an alliance established by the City of Los Angeles, Metro, and Caltrans to help ensure that the L.A. region is among the first to benefit from the coming wave of connected and autonomous vehicles.
“Connected and self-driving cars promise to not only transform how we commute — but also how how we think about the safety and convenience of all automotive travel,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This coalition will ensure that the demands and challenges of this new technology are fully considered as we invest in our infrastructure and plan for L.A.’s transportation future.”
The announcement came as the Mayor kicked off the L.A. Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo. In the years ahead, connected and autonomous vehicles have the capacity to reinvent our relationship with the road by introducing new found convenience and safety for people inside and outside of cars. Experts say self-driving cars have the potential to significantly reduce traffic, free up passengers’ time during their commute, and make streets safer for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists alike.
“We are thrilled to have the City of Los Angeles involved with the LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo," said Lisa Kaz, President, Los Angeles Auto Show/Connected Car Expo. “L.A. continues to lead the way in advanced transportation planning, making it the perfect city in which to host the most authoritative trade show focused on transportation and mobility.”
The Mayor was joined by Volvo Cars of North America President Lex Kerssemakers. Eight years ago, the automaker unveiled its “Vision 2020” which are a set of guiding principles that seek to eliminate vehicular deaths and serious injuries, of drivers of new Volvo vehicles by 2020.
“Volvo is, and always will be, about safety. Our Vision 2020, announced in 2007, underpins that,” said Kerssemakers. “We encourage and embrace initiatives like the city’s pedestrian-focused Vision Zero in reducing driving-related accidents and injuries in Los Angeles.”