January 30, 2018
Students to City Council: Use Self-Driving Vehicles to Help Underserved Communities
Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have been trailblazers in autonomous vehicle research and technology. Now, a group of Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences students have proposed a plan to Pittsburgh City Council to use self-driving cars to better the lives of residents, especially those with limited access to public transit.
Last semester, eight seniors—Ian Asenjo, Cameron Dively, Margaret Edwards, Zachary Ettensohn, Jeremy Goldstein, Gaurav Gupte, Alison Hoffman and David Matvey—offered Pittsburgh City Council a report on autonomous vehicle and transportation equity in Pittsburgh. The presentation concluded their capstone project for the Ethics, History and Public Policy (EHPP) major under the supervision of Danielle Wenner, assistant professor of philosophy and associate director of the Center for Ethics and Policy.