Detroit Part of $5.25M Self-Driving Project

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September 20, 2018—The Motor City, along with Long Beach and San Jose, California, Miami and Pittsburgh, have been selected as part of a five-year, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation initiative to bring "residents to the center of self-driving vehicle pilot projects," reported The Detroit Free Press.

Detroit's project will focus on how to connect Detroiters to employment hubs, according to the report.

The pilot projects will be designed to engage local residents around self-driving car deployments to ensure they reflect community input.

According to The Detroit Free Press, a news release from the Knight Foundation, citing a National League of Cities report, said that only 6 percent of the transportation plans of 68 large U.S. cities had weighed the impact of autonomous vehicles on urban mobility, even as automakers are pouring billions of dollars into self-driving vehicle research and are testing the technology on public roads.

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