Carnegie Mellon University

Autonomous vehicles

Collaboration to Ensure Autonomous Vehicle Integration

Congressman Doyle joined the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection Commerce hearing about autonomous vehicles and highlighted Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon’s work to advance autonomous driving technology.

Carnegie Mellon University’s work with self-driving vehicles dates back to the 1980’s. The production of the first vehicle, Navlab 1, began in 1986, and the university has led the pack in many DARPA Challenges since the early 2000’s.

Since then, a few of the former CMU DARPA team members have started their own companies focused on advancing autonomous driving and have chosen Pittsburgh as a hub for labs, offices, and testing. In 2019, Argo AI and Carnegie Mellon formed the Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research with a $15M multiyear grant.

This Agreement affirms Pittsburgh’s status as the ‘Capital of Autonomy’ with CMU at the center of the growing industry. Under the $15 million sponsored research partnership, the self-driving technology company will fund research into advanced perception and next-generation decision-making algorithms for autonomous vehicles.

Autonomous vehicles are just one component of the smart city ecosystem. To enable a sustainable urban system, work must also be completed in the policy sector. Congressman Mike Doyle said “Pittsburgh is leading on the development of autonomous vehicles – our colleges and industry have worked collaboratively to ensure that these vehicles focus on human safety, transparency, cybersecurity, and public engagement. We must continue to move forward with those priorities.”

 To view Congressman Doyle's statement, click here.