Miami, US is piloting AVs

The Miami area’s unique political geography puts transportation in the hands of the Miami-Dade County Mayor, who is responsible for a spread of some 3 million people in the city proper and surrounding communities. The region is already a leader in the use of technology solutions. Last year, the county installed automated crash avoidance systems on 10 buses for a 6-month test, and recently issued a $1.1 million solicitation for a multimodal transport study to assess the impact of AVs to the county’s current transportation infrastructure.

This testbed will provide a welcoming environment for an automated vehicle pilot launched earlier this year by Ford Motor Company, Domino’s Pizza, Lyft, and Postmates, an on-demand delivery service. Following successful tests carried out by Ford and Domino’s during July 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Miami pilot will allow Ford to test how self-driving vehicles’ respond to complex urban traffic situations. “We’re going to see what an AV would do when it encounters double-parked cars where it needs to go,”Ford’s vice president of autonomous vehicles and electrification, Sherif Marakby, told Citylab in February.

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