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Los Angeles Revamps Transportation Plan to Include Autonomous Vehicles

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation issued an updated transportation strategy on June 14 that seeks to integrate autonomous vehicles and "the ongoing explosion of technology" into its future plans.

"In the fast-changing transportation industry, it is absolutely vital for public agencies to keep user experience front-and-center. The technology may change, but our commitment to moving people safely, reliably, and equitably does not," noted L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin, who also serves as the Los Angeles Transportation Committee Chair. The Los Angeles DOT's "work builds a solid foundation for inviting technology providers to come to Los Angeles and serve our communities with new mobility options."

The city's updated planning document – dubbed the Urban Mobility in a Digital Age Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) – tasked Ellis & Associates and its affiliated partners CityFi, CCgroup, and Lantern Consulting, to "reposition" Los Angeles as an "active partner" in the development and deployment of electric, shared, and autonomous mobility options, including dockless bike sharing and air taxis.

061518losangeles.jpgThe city added that its new plan "aims to set the city on a course to manage the streets of the future in 2028." The agency added that while it has built "significant capability and knowledge" in many key transportation areas, it requires specific expertise to collaborate with product companies to design, deploy, and actively manage its Mobility 2.0 system.

That's why DOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said the agency selected Ellis & Associates to help execute its new strategy, especially due to the firm's "understanding of connected and autonomous vehicles" as well as the "wider ecosystem" of mobility needs.

"The publication of the SIP, the release of the Mobility Data Specification and the appointment of Ellis & Associates and its partners sends a very clear message to global technology companies that the city is thinking about the future in a boldly different way," Reynolds noted.

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