Atlanta, US is preparing
Atlanta took its first step into the driverless age in September 2017 with an on-road test of an Autopilot-equipped Tesla and a driverless shuttle along North Avenue, which links the campus of Georgia Tech and historic Ponce City Market. The demonstration focused attention on a recent $3 million investment to implement a ‘smart corridor’ along the five-mile stretch of road, paving the way for future AV tests and deployments.
Authorities hope that the North Avenue demonstration will also lead to more in-depth discussion on the future of the city’s transportation infrastructure including regulation of AVs. Downtown Atlanta 2041, a design study by Georgia Tech graduate students, re-imagined the city’s streets with the dawn of AV fleets and robotaxis.
Going forward, the city’s AV efforts are coordinated by Renew Atlanta, the agency charged with overseeing some quarter-billion in infrastructure spending approved by city voters in 2015, with $188 million earmarked for transportation projects (including the smart corridor project).