City of Beverly Hills Leads on Autonomous Vehicles

By passing the resolution and openly embracing autonomous vehicles, the City of Beverly Hills will become the world leader in autonomous vehicles.

 On April 5, 2016, the City of Beverly Hills unanimously passed a groundbreaking resolution creating a program to develop autonomous vehicles as a form of public transportation. By passing the resolution and openly embracing autonomous vehicles, the City of Beverly Hills will become the world leader in autonomous vehicles.

This is a very important strategic step not just for the City of Beverly Hills, or the State of California, but for the United States as Europe has taken the lead on the adoption of autonomous vehicles on public roads.

The Mayor and City Council of Beverly Hills are leading on this very important issue that will change the world, create new jobs and allow those who are less fortunate as well as those who are elderly or disabled to rediscover their freedom once again.

Roughly a week and half after the City of Beverly Hills unanimously passed the autonomous vehicle resolution, 28 EU Member States met at the EU Council of Ministers and signed the Declaration of Amsterdam on April 14, 2016.

The Declaration of Amsterdam represents an agreement in which the 28 European transport ministers are committed to supporting and facilitating all forms of self-driving vehicles. This level of commitment by the EU transport ministers will allow autonomous vehicles to travel on European public roads and cross borders by 2019.

Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment sums up The Declaration of Amsterdam by stating:

“Today for the first time, we have talked at the European political level about self-driving vehicles and the measures required for their smooth introduction in Europe. We want to pick up the pace because there are many gains to be made for mobility. Connected and automated vehicles will make our roads safer, more sustainable and more efficient.”

The steps taken by Ms. Schultz van Haegen and The European Commission are impressive and should be commended, but the City of Beverly Hills has several strategic advantages as it relates to deploying autonomous vehicles on public roads.

The strategic advantages of the City of Beverly Hills are as follows:

1. Size

The City of Beverly Hills is 5.7 square miles compared to Europe which is 3.931 million square miles. Because the City of Beverly Hills comprises of only 5.7 square miles, “Beverly Hills is the perfect community to take the lead and make this technology a reality” says Mayor John Mirisch.

2. Location

Beverly Hills is an independent City in Southern California surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood.

3. Weather

The average year-round temperature in Beverly Hills is 65.1°F with an average rainfall of 17.5 inches per year. This is the ideal climate to operate autonomous vehicles.

4. Infrastructure

The City of Beverly Hills has world-class infrastructure which encompasses roads with no potholes. The City is also in the process of building a world-class fiber to the premise network which will connect every residence, multi-family dwelling and business to the internet. As the vehicle 2 infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle 2 vehicle (V2V) technologies mature, the City of Beverly Hills will be able to connect those access points to the fiber network further enhancing the infrastructure.

These strategic advantages combined with a visionary Mayor and City Council who are openly embracing autonomous vehicles will allow the City of Beverly Hills to become the world leader in autonomous vehicles.

City of Beverly Hills Leads on Autonomous Vehicles is an article written by Brulte & Company Co-Founder Grayson Brulte. Grayson is Co-Chair of the City of Beverly Hills Mayor’s Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.

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