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Posted on: September 18, 2018

Portland Hosts Autonomous Vehicle Public Forum - Join Us September 27 at 5 PM


The City of Portland will host a public forum on Thursday, September 27, 2018 to discuss its pilot project with INRIX, and hear from experts about the deployment of Highly Automated Vehicle (HAV) shuttles on public roads. The forum will be held from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the East End Community School at 195 North Street. 

Panelists will include John Branding, Government & External Affairs Director for BMW Group; Kris Carter, Co-Chair of Boston Mayor Walsh’s Office of New Urban Mechanics; Patrick Moody, Public Affairs for AAA of Northern New England; Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette, former government affairs specialist on autonomous vehicles from the National Federation of the Blind; and Avery Ash, Head of Autonomous Mobility at INRIX. City Manager Jon Jennings will serve as moderator. 

In July, the City announced it is one of seven cities in the country to pilot INRIX AV Road Rules, a platform that lays the foundation for the city to communicate with operators for safe and effective deployment of HAVs on public roads. INRIX AV Road Rules is the first platform that enables cities and road authorities to assign, validate and manage traffic rules and restrictions for autonomous vehicles operating on public roads. The platform also leverages HAV data about roads to report infrastructure improvement needs, making the roads safer for all users.

“With the support of the City Council, the City is interested in exploring the use of HAVs as a key component of our transportation management plans to help manage our growth and ease traffic congestion, especially along Franklin and Commercial Streets,” said City Manager Jon Jennings. “We’re looking forward to learning more from our panelists and discussing with the public and our community partners how this could successfully be rolled out here, and the benefits it brings with it.” 

INRIX AV Road Rules will help Portland take an important and concrete step to support HAVs safe operation on city roads. The City can easily assign traffic restrictions and have those rules provided directly to vehicles, and will explore how the City shares information with vehicles and vice versa. It will provide the base for operators interested in piloting AVs on public streets by offering an important dataset that demonstrates Portland’s understanding of real-world deployment challenges.

Portland will work with INRIX to map the city as part of the first phase. Choosing a vendor for HAV service will be a separate phase and will be based on several factors, including past experience and costs. Any questions can be emailed to  

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