San Jose, US is piloting AVs
With a projected population growth of 40 percent by 2040—some 470,000 additional residents—San Jose is looking to AVs as a tool to free up land currently used for roads and parking for new housing. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose has long struggled with the impacts of its own success. City residents suffer from a lack of affordable housing, long commutes, and a high number of traffic fatalities despite the city’s Vision Zero traffic safety initiative. In June 2017, city officials announced an RFI to solicit ideas for AV pilots at a handful of locations, including the three-mile corridor connecting San Jose Airport to Diridon train station, as well as the Transportation Innovation Zone just west of the massive Cisco Systems campus in North San Jose and a shelter for homeless veterans. Plans are to launch a pilot by the end of 2017 and to implement a comprehensive set of data sharing requirements, as outlined in the RFI.
In May, Intel opened its Autonomous Driving Garage in San Jose, a showcase for the chip giant’s massive new campaign around self-driving technology and a harbinger of things to come.
2017-12-08: San Jose announces the results of its AV RFI process, and its intent to move forward with two AV transit and paratransit pilots. Link